[PCA] FW: Colorado Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses

Ashley Minnerath ashley at xerces.org
Mon Apr 18 16:27:25 CDT 2011

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Fort Morgan, Colorado   

June 28th, 2011

9:30 am to 3:30 pm


La Junta, Colorado 

June 30th, 2011

9:30 am to 3:30 pm 


The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the Western Sustainable
Agriculture Research and Education Program, and the USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service invites you to attend one of the Pollinator
Conservation Planning Short Courses in Colorado. 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.   



Fort Morgan, Colorado (June 28, 2011) 

La Junta, Colorado (June 30, 2011) 

Cost: Thanks to support from the USDA Western Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education (WSARE) program, registration is free for the first
30 people at each course. Additional seats are $30.  

Canceled registrations can be refunded until June 20, 2011.  

Thanks to the generosity of the
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Observatory and the
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Conservancy District, lunch will be provided for free at both courses.

Registration: Please register online for either
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(855) 232 6639 to register over the phone. Hurry, registration closes after
50 people at Fort Morgan and 40 people at La Junta! 

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Information: Follow the links below to access detailed information about
each course. 

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Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course 


VchjrUfkXCUGxImh1k2k816cUwKe8HaXdR3NXjFIXfADO0PuHWUcWkMQ==> La Junta
Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course

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: Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico,
Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington. Visit our online
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course information. 



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


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. 



*	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
Western Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (WSARE) program, and
the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Additional support
for this training is provided by the following: Aveda Earth Fund, Disney
Worldwide Conservation Fund, Turner Foundation, and Xerces Society members. 


Special thanks to the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District,
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, and East Otero Conservation District for
their financial support with lunch and room rentals, and for their help in
making these short courses a success. 


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



Jennifer Hopwood, Midwest Pollinator Outreach Coordinator, the Xerces
Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


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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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