Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Workshop - Habitat Conservation for Wild Pollinator


Habitat Conservation for Wild Pollinators:

Enhancing Crop Pollination in the Face of Honey Bee Declines

Overlooked by many growers, unmanaged native bees may be important crop pollinators. The presence of nearby natural areas and on-farm habitat, as well as pesticide use, strongly impacts this vital service. And, with honey bees harder to acquire each year, the importance of our native species continues to increase.

Designed primarily for NRCS and SWCD personnel, or other natural resource professionals, this workshop will cover the latest research on crop pollination by native bees and the most important steps you can take to help ensure that conservation buffers provide the best possible habitat for these insects. You will also learn about the new NRCS Plant Materials Technology Note on pollinator habitat specific to Oregon that is scheduled for release in June. We will spend the first half indoors and then go into the field to look at habitat features for pollinators.


Mace Vaughan is Conservation Director at the Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon dedicated to invertebrate conservation and providing practical advice on habitat management for pollinators.

Kathy Pendergrass is the Oregon State Plant Materials Specialist for the NRCS and is writing the NRCS Plant Materials Technology Note on how to enhance habitat for pollinators, particularly on plant information and choices for the state of Oregon.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: NRCS Plant Material Center, 3415 NE Granger Ave., Corvallis, OR

RSVP: Joe Williams at 541-757-4812 x. 102 or joe.williams@or.usda.gov

Directions from I-5

• Merge onto PACIFIC BLVD SE / OR-99E S via EXIT 234B toward ALBANY.
• Keep RIGHT at the fork to continue on PACIFIC BLVD SE / OR-99E S. (0.9 miles)
• Take the US-20 ramp toward ALBANY / CITY CENTER / CORVALLIS. (0.2 miles)
• Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto US-20 W / LYON ST S / ALBANY-CORVALLIS HWY. Continue to follow US-20 W / ALBANY-CORVALLIS HWY. (5.3 miles)
• Turn RIGHT onto NE GRANGER AVE. (<0.1 miles)
• End at 3415 NE Granger Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330-9620


The Xerces Society for Invertebrate ConservationThe Xerces Society is an international nonprofit organization thatprotects the diversity of life through invertebrate conservation. Tojoin the Society, make a contribution, or read about our work,please visit www.xerces.org.

Matthew ShepherdDirector, Pollinator Conservation Program
4828 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97215
USATel: 503-232 6639 Cell: 503-807 1577 Fax: 503-233 6794
Email: mdshepherd@xerces.org

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