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Best practices for pollinators 2024 – AT

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Learn ecologically sound land practices that promote pollinators, climate resilience, clean waters and lands. Practical knowledge and innovation on pesticide reduction, habitat installation, fostering soil health, pollinator biology, pollinator conservation and more.

Click here for a full description of 3 days x 5 hours per day of planned presentations (or see below)
Presenter biographies are listed.

Joint program sponsored by Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Xerces Society.
Three days–February 27, 28, 29. 5 online talks per day. Hours 10 am to 3 pm CST.
Note that there is a $60 fee for all three days.
Organized using Eventbrite. That link is below.


VMS Code: AT: Chapter Approved AT-Elm Fork:TMN AT Report Hours

Tuesday, February 27 (central standard time)
10:00 AM: It’s up to us: Introduction, Laurie Schneider, Pollinator Friendly Alliance
10:10 AM: Native bee specialists, plant hosts, threats and conservation, Heather Holm, Biologist and Author
11:10 AM: Urban soil life: Invertebrate animals and their roles in soil health, Jennifer Hopwood & Stephanie Frischie, Xerces Society
12:00 Noon: Understanding wildflower forage value: Advocating for plant diversity to ranchers, Rae Powers & Sarah Hamilton-Buxton, Xerces
1:00 PM: Huffman prairie: the long view, plant and animal abundance, David Nolan, Ecologist
2:00 PM: BMPs to convert old fields to pollinator habitat, Karin Jokela, Xerces Society and Gina Hugo, Sherburne County Public Works/Parks Director

Wednesday, February 28 (central standard time)
10:00 AM: Monarch habitat management and research needed to improve it, Dr. Ray Moranz, Xerces
11:00 AM: Supporting beneficial birds with native habitat, Jo Ann Baumgartner of Wild Farm Alliance & Megan Garfinkel of Chicago State University
12:00 Noon: Indigenous practices on the land, Ferin Davis Anderson, Lead Environmental Scientist, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
1:00 PM: Restoring relationships and beneficial fire to Great Lakes forests, Evan Larson Ph.D, University of Platteville
2:00 PM: Catastrophic regime shifts in Midwest savanna ecosystems: Restoration and why it matters, Stephen Thomforde, Senior Ecologist, Stantec

Thursday, February 29 (central standard time)
10:00 AM: Niijibimaadiziik: Our fellow living beings, Hope Flanigan, Dream of Wild Health
10:20 AM: Flower bugs: The flower is naked if it doesn’t have a bug on it, Angella Moorehouse, Natural Areas Preservation Specialist, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
11:15 AM: Fungi insects, Sarah Foltz Jordan, Biologist and Mycologist, Minnesota
12:15 PM: Importance of forests and woody habitat for pollinators, Kass-Urban Mead, Xerces
1:05 PM: Leveraging our power as plant buyers to get pollinator-safe plants, Sharon Selvaggio, Xerces Society
2:00 PM: The risks of standard mosquito control practices to ecosystems and human health: A case study for an ecologically designed approach, Rella Abernathy, Senior Ecologist, City of Boulder, Colorado
2:45 PM: Summer field tours and end announcements, Laurie Schneider, Pollinator Friendly Alliance


AT needs to be entered by date.  AT cannot be lumped and entered , for all three – or two – days as one AT entry.

Title / Name of the presentation attended must be entered for each presentation attended on a given date.


February 27
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Category:


Virtual Meeting
TX United States