Intended Audience

Anyone with an interest in making northern New Mexico better for bees and other pollinators. This might include gardeners, farmers, ranchers, teachers and naturalists.

The third webinar in the series focuses specifically on pollinator habitat for urban and suburban spaces, while the fourth is intended for farm as well as garden audiences.


This is a series of free online webinars. 


Every Tuesday, June 23rd - July 28, 2020                          
3:00 PM to 4:00/4:30 PM MT

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Rachel Dunham
The Xerces Society

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The Xerces Society is an equal-opportunity provider and employer, and provides reasonable accommodations for in-person events.

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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 webinar series is a partnership between the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and New Mexico State University, and is made possible by funding from the USDA NIFA Extension Implementation Program (EIP). Thank you. 

Photo Credits

Banner: Diadasia on a cactus flower by Barbara Driscoll.

Sidebar: Fallugia paradoxa (Apache plume) by Kaitlin Haase/Xerces Society

The Xerces Society and New Mexico State University present 

Summer 2020 NMSU Webinar Series:
Supporting Pollinators & Beneficial Insects in Backyards and on Farms

Tuesdays June 23 - July 28 @ 3:00 PM MT

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and New Mexico State University are partnering to bring you a six-part weekly webinar series on pollinator and beneficial insect conservation in northern New Mexico. This series will help you get to know the bees and other helpful bugs in your backyards and on farms in New Mexico. It will also cover designing and planting healthy habitat to support those insects and protecting pollinators from pesticides. Please join us!

Webinar Schedule

The webinar series will be held weekly on Tuesdays @ 3:00 pm - 4/4:30 pm MT. 

Pollinators of Northern New Mexico: How to Identify and Conserve the Bees in your Backyard - June 23 @ 3:00-4:30 PM MT

  • Interested in understanding why pollinators are in decline and what you can do to help? Ever wonder what makes a bee a bee? Join Kaitlin Haase, Southwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril, author of “The Bees in Your Backyard,” to learn about the causes of bee, butterfly, and other beneficial insect decline and what we can do to minimize these threats. Dr. Carril will take you on a tour through the incredibly diverse world of native bees in northern New Mexico, covering the basics of bee identification and biology.
  • Speakers: Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril and Kaitlin Haase 

 June 23 - Register Now!  

Helpful Bugs of Northern New Mexico: How to Identify and Conserve Beneficial Insects for Pest Control - June 30 @ 3:00-4:30 PM MT

  • While we tend to pay attention to bugs around us when they become a nuisance, the vast majority of insects around our homes and gardens are actually beneficial, pollinating plants and keeping garden pests in check. Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and Miranda Kersten, Sr. Program Specialist at the NMSU Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center to learn about the wide range of helpful bugs in northern New Mexico and strategies you can use to support them in your yard. 
  • Speakers: Miranda Kersten and Emily May
June 30 - Register Now!

Conserving Bees in Your Backyard: How to Create Habitat for New Mexico Pollinators in Small Spaces - July 7 @ 3:00-4:00 PM MT

  • Wondering how your yard, garden, or patio can provide a home for pollinators? Join  Kaitlin Haase, Southwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, for an overview of the components of pollinator habitat, how you can provide that habitat in small urban spaces, and which native plants of New Mexico are best for attracting pollinators. 
  • Speaker: Kaitlin Haase

July 7 - Register Now!

Attracting and Supporting Crop Pollinators on New Mexico Farms and Ranches                    - July 14 @ 3:00-4:00 PM MT

  • How do bees contribute to the pollination of fruits and vegetables on farms and in gardens? How can we support pollinators to improve crop pollination and yields? Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, to learn about protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, on New Mexico farms and ranches. Topics covered will include how different pollinators contribute to crop pollination, pollinator habitat practices for annual and perennial cropping systems, and protecting bees and other pollinators from pesticides.
  • Speaker: Emily May

July 14 - Register Now!

Integrating Pollinators and Pest Management in New Mexico Gardens and Farms                - July 21 @ 3:00-4:30 PM MT

  • Pesticides are widely used in many landscapes, but can cause harm to pollinators and other invertebrates. Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Pesticide Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and Dr. Amanda Skidmore, IPM Small Farm Specialist at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, for a webinar on the risks of insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides to pollinators, and strategies for protecting pollinators from pesticides on farms and in backyards. How can pollinators be considered when making decisions about pest management? What resources are available for making decisions about managing pests and choosing strategies that mitigate risks to pollinators?
  • Speakers: Emily May and Dr. Amanda Skidmore

July 21 - Register Now!

Ask Me Anything: New Mexico Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Expert Roundtable              - July 28 @ 3:00-4:00 PM MT

  • Have a lingering question about bees, beneficial insects, New Mexico native plants, or other topics? This Ask Me Anything session will feature a panel of experts from the NMSU Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center and The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation answering questions asked during our webinar series or submitted by email. Feel free to ask us anything regarding pollinators, beneficial insects, gardening, farming, and pest control in the Southwest US! 
  • Speakers: Kaitlin Haase, Miranda Kersten, Emily May and Dr. Amanda Skidmore
  • Anyone is welcome to submit questions to any time during the series.

July 28 - Register Now!


Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril, PhD, Author. Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril has been studying native bees for over 20 years. She received her Masters degree from Utah State University, where she studied the bee fauna of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. For her PhD, Dr. Carril studied a specialist bee, Diadasia, and its host plants; she received that degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2013. In 2015 coauthored the book The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees. She lives in Santa Fe, NM, with her husband and their two young daughters. When she isn’t dreaming up new questions to ask about bees, she is working on two more bee identification books, as well as some bee surveys for northern New Mexico.

Kaitlin Haase, Southwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society, Santa Fe, NM. Kaitlin Haase is the Southwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and works to create climate-resilient, connected pollinator habitat in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. She collaborates with and educates public and private urban land managers in New Mexico and the desert Southwest on pollinator-friendly practices for landscaping, gardening, and open space restoration. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University, where she studied impacts of drying on aquatic invertebrate diversity in natural and human-made ponds. Before graduate school, she worked as an ecological science technician in a variety of systems across the US, including predator-prey ecology in Michigan, riparian restoration in Virginia, and rare species monitoring in Massachusetts.

Miranda Kersten, Sr. Program Specialist, NMSU’s Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center. Miranda Kersten received an M.S. in Integrative Biology from Oklahoma State University, where she studied the effects of land management practices on a milkweed dependent moth and its parasitoids. She has worked in invasive species removal and riparian restoration in New Mexico. She has worked with NMSU since 2018, focusing on pollinator IPM, monitoring beneficial insects across urban landscapes, and managing IPM research projects.

Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society. Emily May is a Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Pesticide Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. She received an M.S. in Entomology from Michigan State University, and has studied habitat restoration, bee nesting habits, and the effects of pest management practices on wild bee communities. Her work with Xerces since 2015 has focused on supporting pollinators and beneficial insects through habitat creation and mitigating pesticide risk to bees and other beneficial insects.

Dr. Amanda Skidmore, NMSU Extension IPM Specialist. Dr. Amanda Skidmore is an entomologist with a background in sustainable agriculture and integrated pest and pollinator management (IPM) systems. Her research has focused on improving pest management practice in specialty cropping systems, with a focus on the impacts of these management practices on natural enemies and pollinators.