Registration $35 per person. After May 9, registration is $40 per person. Course registration includes a copy of Attracting Native Pollinators.
Lunch is not included. Please plan on bringing a sack lunch with you to the course.
Canceled registrations can be refunded until May 17, 2014.
If you should need a reasonable accommodation such as audio interpretation, please notify Elizabeth Marks by May 8, 2014 at (518) 828-4385(518) 828-4385 ext 105 or USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600(202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). Visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension website for more information.
This Pollinator Conservation Short Course is made possible with the support of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Additional support for this training is provided by the following: Ceres Foundation, CS Fund, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Endangered Species Chocolate, Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust, Turner Foundation, Whole Foods Market and its vendors, and Xerces Society members.
Special thank you to Cornell Cooperative Extension Agroforestry Resource Center and Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for hosting and supporting this course.
Bumble bee visiting apply blossom by Nancy Lee Adamson, The Xerces Society
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Pollinator Conservation Short Course
Cornell Cooperative Extension Agroforestry Resource Center
Acra, New York
May 22, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Learn how to attract native pollinators to your orchard, farm, or garden!
Pollinators, which include bees, butterflies, and other insects are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of more than 85 percent of the world's flowering plants and is fundamental to agriculture and natural ecosystems. More than two-thirds of the world's crop species are dependent on pollination, with an annual estimated value of $18 to $27 billion in the United States alone. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems, since their activities are ultimately responsible for the seeds and fruits that feed everything from songbirds to black bears. Conservation of pollinating insects is critically important to preserving both wider biodiversity, as well as agriculture.
In many places, however, this essential service is at risk. In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences released the report Status of Pollinators in North America, which called attention to the decline of pollinators. The report urged agencies and organizations to increase awareness and protect pollinator habitat. The Pollinator Conservation Short Course was developed to address this need.
Introductory topics include the principles of pollinator biology, the economics of insect pollination, basic bee field identification, and evaluating pollinator habitat. Advanced modules will cover land management practices for pollinator protection, pollinator habitat restoration, incorporating pollinator conservation into federal conservation programs, selection of plants for pollinator enhancement sites, management of natural landscapes, and financial and technical resources to support these efforts. Throughout the short course these training modules are illustrated by case studies of pollinator conservation efforts across the country.
Registrants will receive the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces' latest book, Attracting Native Pollinators. Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.
The Xerces Society is offering similar Pollinator Conservation Short Courses across the country. Visit our online events page to view up-to-date short course information. If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming short courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the following information: name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and the state(s) for which you would like to receive announcements.
*Continuing Education Credit Available*
Certified Crop Adviser (5 CEUs)
Society of American Foresters (5 CFE credits)
The Wildlife Society (5.5 contact hours)
SHORT COURSE TRAINING SKILLS AND OBJECTIVES
Welcome from NY NRCS & NY Cooperative Extension Agroforestry Center
Module 1 (9:00 am to 10:00 am) Introduction - The Importance of Pollinator Conservation
Module 2 (10:00 am to 10:30 am) Basic Bee and Butterfly Biology
Break (10:30 am to 10:45 am)
Module 3 (10:45 am to 11:15 am) Common Bees on Alternative Flowering Plants on Vegetable Farms in the Northeast
Module 4 (11:15 am to 11:30 am) How Bees are Exposed to Pesticides and Possible Effects
Module 5 (11:30 am to 12:15 pm) Bee-Friendly Farming
Lunch (12:15 am to 1:00 pm) On your own, please bring a sack lunch
Module 6 (1:00 pm to 2:00 pm) Open Laboratory (outdoors, weather permitting)
Module 7 (2:00 pm to 2:45 pm) Habitat Restoration
Break (2:45 pm to 3:00 pm)
Module 8 (3:00 pm to 3:30 pm) Farm Bill Provisions Supporting Pollinators and Other Wildlife
Module 9 (3:30 pm to 3:45 pm) Additional Resources
Module 10 (3:45 pm to 4:00 pm) Wrap Up
Nancy Lee Adamson, PhD – Pollinator Conservation Specialist - East Region
Nancy is the Pollinator Conservation Specialist - East Region for the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service East National Technology Support Center (ENTSC). She supports pollinator conservation care of the ENTSC in Greensboro, North Carolina. She studied bees important for crop pollination (primarily native bees) and meadow restoration in the mid-Atlantic, ran the horticulture and Master Gardener programs for Frederick County, Maryland’s Cooperative Extension, and has long been involved in inventorying, collecting seed, and propagating native plants for habitat restoration. As Education Coordinator and Nursery Manager at Adkins Arboretum on the eastern shore of Maryland, she started a local ecotype propagation program following work with Bloomin’ Natives (now Chesapeake Natives). A former Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, she also worked as an intern with Cultural Survival in PetÚn, Guatemala.
Kelly Gill – Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region
Kelly is the Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions for the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. A Pennsylvania native, Kelly recently completed her Master’s Degree in Entomology at Iowa State University. There, she conducted small plot and farm scale research, collaborating with organic and conventional farmers, on the development of best practices for conserving beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes.
Kimberly Stoner, PhD, Associate Scientist, Entomology Department, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Dr. Kimberly Stoner currently studies pollination of pumpkin and winter squash, relating bee counts in the field to pollination of the female flowers. As part of this project, she collects samples of pollen and nectar for measurement of pesticide residues, and samples of different species of bees for molecular analysis to track movement of RNA viruses and various microbes. In her other bee projects, she is completing a project comparing numbers and diversity of bees on different plants grown on diversified vegetable farms – herbs, cut flowers, ornamental plants, cover crops, wildflowers, and weeds. She is also doing long-term monitoring of bee diversity in several sites around Connecticut. Her background is in vegetable entomology, particularly plant breeding for resistance to insect pests, biological control of insect pests, and other alternatives to insecticides for managing vegetable insects. She has worked with many organic farmers and organic landscapers. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association for 20 years, and she was the lead author on the first organic standards for landscaping in the world.
Tracy Zarrillo, Agricultural Research Technician, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Tracy Zarrillo provides research assistance on a variety of projects at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, including insect pest management on organic farms and apple orchards in Connecticut. Recent projects focus on pumpkin/squash pollination and wild bee diversity on farms, and also surveying the state for exotic and invasive insect pests. She has studied bee taxonomy, beneficial insects visiting ornamental flowers, and pollen transfer. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in biology at the Southern Connecticut State University and her thesis project is a two year faunal survey of the bee communities found at a coastal preserve in Guilford, Connecticut.
Elizabeth Marks, Biologist, NY NRCS
Elizabeth Marks serves as a biologist for the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) in Eastern New York. Prior to that she worked as the Hudson Mohawk RC&D Coordinator with NRCS. She is a certified Holistic Management educator and mentors beginning women farmers. Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College. Her love for wildlife was fostered as a child growing up on Lake George in the Adirondacks.
ABOUT THE XERCES SOCIETY
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The Society's Pollinator Conservation Program was launched in 1996, and works with leading native pollinator ecologists to translate the latest research findings into on-the-ground conservation. More information about the Xerces Society is available at www.xerces.org.