[PCA] Announcing the Maryland Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course

Ashley Minnerath ashley at xerces.org
Wed Apr 6 13:46:01 CDT 2011


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USDA NRCS Normal A. Berg  

National Plant Materials Center (Beltsville, Maryland)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

8:30 am to 4:30 pm


The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service invites you to attend a Pollinator
Conservation Planning Short Course in Beltsville, Maryland. This full day
training 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.  


4th Annual National Pollinator Week Event!  This Short Course will take
place during National Pollinator Week and will provide a unique opportunity
to learn how to conserve pollinators and their habitat.

Intended Audience: The content of this course is tailored to the needs of
NRCS conservation planners, Soil and Water Conservation Districts,
Cooperative Extension, state agencies, crop consultants, farmers, land
managers, and master gardeners. 

Location: USDA-NRCS Norman A. Berg National Plant Materials Center, BARC -
East, Beaver Dam Road, Building 509 (just west of soil conservation road),
Beltsville, MD 20705.

Cost: Thanks to support from the USDA Northeast Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education (NESARE) program, registration is free for the first
30 people, but there will be a $15 fee for lunch. Additional seats are $45
(includes lunch). Canceled registrations can be refunded until June 7, 2011.

Registration: Please
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online or call (855) 232 6639 to register over the phone. Hurry,
registration closes after 100 people!

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detailed information about the Maryland Pollinator Conservation Planning
Short Course, including a detailed agenda, directions to the National Plant
Materials Center, and more. 


On June 22, 2011 there will be another course geared specifically towards
Federal Agency staff and policy makers.
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more information about the Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course for
Federal Agencies.


This short course is one of many being offered during the 2011 season. The
Xerces Society will be hosting similar trainings in the following states:
Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio,
Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington. Visit our
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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
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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 short course 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,
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Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies, as well as habitat
management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and Extension publications. To
review the agenda or register for the Maryland Pollinator Conservation
Planning Short Course
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*	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, CSP, and CRP 
*	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



These Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses are supported by the
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Northeast
Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (NESARE) program. Additional
support for this training is provided by the following: Aveda Earth Fund, CS
Fund, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Ernst Conservation Seed, Sarah K.
de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust, Turner Foundation, and
Xerces Society members.







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

Eric Mader, Assistant Pollinator Program Director, the Xerces Society for
Invertebrate Conservation; Assistant Professor of Extension, University of
Minnesota - Department of Entomology.


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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. 

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