[PCA] New Mexico Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses

Ashley Minnerath ashley at xerces.org
Tue Apr 5 14:27:03 CDT 2011

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here






Los Lunas, New Mexico  

May 10th, 2011

9:30 am to 4:30 pm


Española, New Mexico

May 12th, 2011

9:30 am to 4:30 pm 


The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service, and Valencia and East Rio Arriba Soil and Water
Conservation Districts invites you to attend one of the Pollinator
Conservation Planning Short Courses in New Mexico. These full day trainings
will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to reversing the
trend of pollinator declines, and will equip you with the recipes necessary
to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.   



Los Lunas, New Mexico (May 10th, 2011) 

Española, New Mexico (May 12th, 2011) 

Cost: Thanks to support from the USDA Western Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education (WSARE) program, registration is free for the first
30 people. Additional seats are available with a nominal registration fee.
Canceled registrations can be refunded until May 2nd, 2011.

A lunch fee of $5 may apply. Please follow the links below for more

Registration: Please register online for either
Ar81Mztq7bfeE5Bph7cXuWgdWy27-SG2H46O5htKwd-pbnsfMLgQZMsYGHzjLkmxD0> Los
Lunas or
93r2yaClNfaA28iFv7SX5W5sWqc6LSln6LKK6CQMKcfxQ506lK96-_GltNUepOmC1R> Española
or call (855) 232 6639 to register over the phone. Hurry, registration
closes after 40 people at each course!

qdVP7OCs4ouo50jbuTBFmaYuB9QO0p6ZdKyOHdfsSPKsCXgaACwCGB4Q==> More
Information: Follow the links below to access detailed information about
each course. 

EHhP1W_Uu6JZLTQJUjiE3Qvb74h2A7J6rUo2hyNgA1xjqNQx7VhHaICkQBYhymSDKW> Los
Lunas Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course

D73B3eYX9Ssf-ZKh6JjXL5pCcMEvuKvRspAB6HUSWuBaho9fCtQ1w4hA==> Española
Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course 

Additional Field Training Opportunity: On May 11th, 2011 NRCS and Xerces
Society restoration professionals will hold an additional field training at
the Los Lunas Plant Materials Center. Planting equipment and techniques for
establishing wildflowers in restoration plantings will be demonstrated. This
field training session is free and open to those who have registered for
either the Los Lunas or Española Pollinator Conservation Planning Short
Courses. Registration for this additional training must be done in addition
to short course registration. For more information or to register for this
field training
fsY3jJOLKusi9P7mSE8eF6dEDW91VXqdfdw32MmbhK_Smz5EkKEx47B7vMteHsfc0L> click

These short courses are two of many being offered during the 2011 season.
The Xerces Society will be hosting similar trainings in the following
states: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska,
Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington. Visit our online
DxcTMfA_EJjeLua4a8rE3QhuUZQP0vOyloeg==> events page to view up-to-date short
course information. 



The current Farm Bill makes pollinators and their habitat a conservation
priority for every USDA land manager and conservationist. This training
session provides an overview of pollinator-specific language within the Farm
Bill, and how to translate that language into on-the-ground conservation.  


Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they
provide is necessary for the reproduction of more than 75 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 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
tOIrC3pjp2lwmwoF3uiWN7u-tzbjWOmcw2> 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


The Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course was developed to address
this need. Introductory topics include the basic principles of pollinator
biology, the economics of insect pollination, basic bee field
identification, and evaluating pollinator habitat. Advanced modules will
cover the development of pollinator habitat enhancements, selection of
plants for pollinator enhancement sites, and management of agricultural,
natural and urban landscapes.   


Throughout the workshop these training modules are illustrated by real case
studies of pollinator conservation efforts across the country.


Participants will receive the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation
Toolkit that includes Xerces' latest book,
6u16152Qh3W79o1wo6e5RrSm0u-sfON2Tk> Attracting Native Pollinators:
Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies, as well as habitat
management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and Extension publications. 



*	Awareness of various federal programs and funding available for
pollinator conservation
*	Identify approaches to increase and enhance pollinator diversity on
the land
*	Knowledge of the current best management practices that minimize
land-use impacts on pollinators
*	Ability to identify bees and distinguish them from other insects
*	Understand the economics of insect-pollinated crops, and the effects
of pollinator decline
*	Knowledge of the current Farm Bill pollinator conservation
provisions in programs such as WHIP, EQIP, and CSP 
*	Ability to assess pollinator habitat and to identify habitat
*	Ability to make recommendations to farmers and land managers that
conserve pollinators (including subjects such as tillage, pesticide use,
burning, grazing, and cover cropping)
*	Ability to design and implement habitat improvements, such as native
plant restoration and nest site enhancements



Financial support for these Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses
are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the
Western Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (WSARE) program, and
the McCune Charitable Foundation. Additional support for this training is
provided by the following: Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, New Mexico
State University, Turner Foundation, and Xerces Society members.  


Special thanks to East Rio Arriba Soil and Water Conservation District and
the Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District for their help in making
these short courses a success, and for their important conservation work in
New Mexico. 


The content of this course is tailored to the needs of NRCS, SWCD,
Cooperative Extension, and state department of agriculture employees as well
as farmers, crop consultants, natural resource specialists, and
non-governmental conservation organization staff. 



Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Director, the Xerces Society for
Invertebrate Conservation; Joint Pollinator Conservation Specialist,
USDA-NRCS West National Technology Support Center. 


19YYL03baWaZvfByKZ2c0DeGw=> 1971 - 2011: Forty Years of Conservation

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife
through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The Society has
been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide for forty years,
harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to
implement conservation programs. 

To learn more about our work, please visit
19YYL03baWaZvfByKZ2c0DeGw=> www.xerces.org.


jj_qQz-SFyvuq6HyTnqttR4qTAGe0J7NhqQZQ_Rqk_Lepk> PUBLICATIONS

Please visit our online
jj_qQz-SFyvuq6HyTnqttR4qTAGe0J7NhqQZQ_Rqk_Lepk> store for books and
publications on invertebrate conservation, including popular titles such as:
· Attracting Native Pollinators
· Managing Alternative Pollinators
· Befriending Bumble Bees


qoyOgjepw1TydCyl18W1eIeNDvpiK5MXE3GA==> PHOTO CREDIT

Long-horned bee (Melissodes) on sunflower, by Mace Vaughan, Xerces Society.



The Xerces Society · 4828 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97215 USA ·
tel 855.232.6639
 <mailto:info at xerces.org> info at xerces.org ·
19YYL03baWaZvfByKZ2c0DeGw=> www.xerces.org

Copyright © 2011 The Xerces Society. All rights reserved.



Forward email



This email was sent to ashley at xerces.org by shortcourses at xerces.org |   

Update Profile/Email Address
D&se=001Ot4P9OtII6c%3D&t=001ocLgngRLA5aQ0wnHh4tc3g%3D%3D&llr=tnjebhdab>  |
Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe
D&se=001Ot4P9OtII6c%3D&t=001ocLgngRLA5aQ0wnHh4tc3g%3D%3D&llr=tnjebhdab> ™ |
Privacy Policy <http://ui.constantcontact.com/roving/CCPrivacyPolicy.jsp> .

The Xerces Society | 4828 SE Hawthorne Blvd. | Portland | OR | 97215


-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.plantconservation.org/pipermail/native-plants_lists.plantconservation.org/attachments/20110405/26607c71/attachment.html>

More information about the native-plants mailing list