Dennis Krusac

Dennis Krusac

Intended Audience

Anyone with an interest in making their community better for bees and other pollinators. This might include gardeners, teachers, city park managers, and naturalists.


Registration is $25* per person. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Each participant will receive a packet of information materials, including a copy of the best-selling book, Attracting Native Pollinators.

Lunch will not be provided, please bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle to the workshop. There will be a farmers market nearby where food will be available for purchase.

*Scholarships are available. No application necessary.


Saturday, June 22nd, 2019                             9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST

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Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
441 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA  30307

Driving Directions

Registration Contact

Rachel Dunham
The Xerces Society

Workshop Instructor Contact
Nancy Lee-Adamson

The Xerces Society

Reasonable Accommodations

The Xerces Society provides reasonable accommodations for special events with adequate notice. To request accommodation for events, please contact

The Xerces Society is an equal-opportunity provider and employer.

About the Xerces Society

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is a trusted source for science-based information and advice. We collaborate with people and institutions at all levels and our work to protect pollinators encompasses all landscapes. Our team draws together experts from the fields of habitat restoration, entomology, botany, and conservation biology with a single focus—protecting the life that sustains us. To learn more about our work, visit

Partners and Acknowledgements

This workshop is made possible with the support of the Ittleson Foundation.

A special thanks to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and the Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership (GAPP) for their collaboration and for hosting this event.

Photo Credits

Photos by Dennis Krusac, Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership. Red-banded hairstreak on mountain mint (banner) and common eastern bumblebee on aster (inset).

Planting for Pollinators:
Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Atlanta, GA

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM EST

Please join us to learn about bees and butterflies, and what you can do to provide the habitat they need in urban and suburban gardens and greenspaces.

This workshop will open a window into the fascinating world of North America’s native bees and butterflies, introduce you to what they need, and examine the threats that make the future daunting for them. You will learn about native bee and other insect natural history, their importance to our environment and food supply, and most importantly, the straightforward steps you can take to create lasting change in our urban landscapes to better support bees and other wildlife in your community.


Introduction to Pollinator Conservation in Urban & Suburban Spaces

Pollinator Conservation and Threats

  • We'll introduce you to the importance and diversity of native pollinators, and why we should care.
  • Overview of the four principal threats pollinators face: habitat loss, pesticides, diseases and nonnative species, and climate change.

Pollinator Conservation Programs in Georgia

  • Share and/or learn about some of the pollinator conservation work that is happening in your community.

Natural History and Identifying Pollinators

  • An introduction to the life history of pollinators, plus pointers for  identifying some commonly encountered bees and butterflies.

Walk and Talk

  • Let’s go outside to see what pollinators look like in real life, take a close-up look at some of them, and practice spotting good habitat—and what could be improved.

Giving Pollinators What They Need in Towns and Cities

  • Where and how to improve towns and cities for pollinators by creating flower-rich habitat in urban and suburban spaces, from yards to parks—and everywhere in between.

Engaging Your Community

  • Ways to broaden your efforts by engaging neighbors, friends, and others in pollinator conservation and citizen science.

Networking and Q & A

  • Participants will have time to visit other organizations tables, ask Xerces staff questions, and network.

Please join us following the workshop for a walk on the BeltLine


Nancy Lee Adamson, PhD, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society & USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Greensboro, NC. Nancy supports habitat restoration on farms and in communities in the southeast. She loves sharing her passion for native bees and plants and all the wildlife they support. She earned a PhD in entomology from Virginia Tech with research focused on native bees important for crop pollination. Along with work inventorying natural areas, collecting native seeds, propagating native plants, and restoring riparian habitat, she was a farm hand at Wheatland Vegetable Farms, taught handicapped children in Tunisia with the Peace Corps, and helped the Itzaj-Maya protect their communal forest in Petén, Guatemala.

Aimee Code, Xerces Society Pesticide Program Director. Aimee Code joined Xerces in 2013 to direct its new pesticide program. In that role, she has built a program focused on securing practices and policies that promote ecologically sound pest management. She and her staff evaluate the risks of pesticides, develop technical guidance, and advocate for actions that reduce reliance on and risks of pesticide use in both urban and agricultural settings. Aimee received her M.S. in Environmental Health with a minor in Toxicology from Oregon State University. 

Phyllis Stiles, Bee City USA Founder and Pollinator Champion. Phyllis joined Xerces in 2018 after merging the Bee City USA organization with Xerces. She launched Bee City USA in Asheville, North Carolina, in 2012. In 2015, she was named United States Pollinator Advocate of the Year by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Stiles’ career stretches from West Africa to the Mississippi Delta, to non-profit organizations in fields ranging from natural resource and farmland protection to civic leadership development. 

Dennis Krusac, Regional Endangered Species Specialist and Pollinator Conservation Coordinator for the Forest Service Southern Region and co-developer of the Great Atlanta Pollinator Partnership. Dennis earned a B.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Michigan State University and has worked for the USDA Forest Service as a wildlife biologist for 39 years.  He has worked in Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. He has a passion for educating today’s youth about the environment and routinely works with inner-city minority youth on conservation education programs. 

Melina Lozano Durán, Agroecologist and native bee enthusiast. Melina discovered her passion for native bees in 2010 while leading a research project on a Native Bee database sampling for the National Park Service at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. She has collaborated on a project with the Brosi Lab at Emory University in sampling the Atlanta Beltline for native bees and has surveyed native bee species/populations with the Atlanta Botanical Garden. She assists with pollinator education including blog posts and collaboration with partner organizations in the US and México, and is on hand to work with communities to spread the word about these fascinating creatures. As an Agroecologist, her professional interests lie in the fusion of agriculture, ecology, and pollinator conservation.

Peter Helfrich, Decatur’s Bee City USA committee chair, backyard beekeeper, and bee enthusiast. Peter is a member of the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association. He frequently speaks about honey bees, native bees and other pollinator species in city schools and helps to organize Decatur’s annual National Pollinator Week observance, as well as numerous other bee-related activities throughout the year.

Susan Meyers, co-chair of the Monarchs Across Georgia (MAG) committee of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia and Conservation Specialist for Monarch Watch. Susan volunteers full-time for monarchs and other pollinators. 

Karan Wood is Director of the Captain Planet Foundation. Captain Planet Foundation provides strategies, tools, resources, models, and grants to increase teacher capacity for empowering students to solve environmental problems.