Pollinator Summit 2018

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Friday, October 12, 2018
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

$70 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

To be notified when registration is open, email Jill at leen0014@umn.edu with the subject "Pollinator Summit 2018"



Pollinator Summit 2017

Friday, September 15th, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
 - MacMillan Auditorium

Advance registration is closed.

Registration WILL be available at the door for day-of walk-ins!

$70 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$80 General Registration 
Fee includes Arboretum admission, lunch
and coffee breaks.

Pollinators and other beneficial insects
are in trouble, with multiple stressors such as habitat loss, fragmentation, pesticide use, and disease all contributing to alarming declines in their health and biodiversity. This has serious implications for the health of our landscapes, our food systems, and our communities. There is hope though:through research, innovative land management, and forward thinking policies, we can plant solutions for pollinators in our region. This summit will bring together the newest research and best management practices to inform and inspire your work for pollinators.

For 2017, join Clay Bolt, Sam Droege and local experts to discuss the newly endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee through Clay's new documentary, "A Ghost in the Making". In a conversation punctuated by beautiful images and moving clips from the documentary, these experts will talk about what causes the decline of a single species, and why it matters.


Who Should Attend
Landscape designers • landscape architects • land managers • state and local agency staff • parks and public works staff • community planners • non-profit staff • urban gardeners • elected and appointed officials • commercial growers • builders and developers • educators • concerned citizens • nurseries/garden centers/plant production staff • others inspired to protect pollinators


Keynote Speakers

Clay Bolt
Natural History Photographer, Co-Producer and Writer of Ghost in the Making: Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

A natural history and conservation photographer, Bolt specializes in macro photography with an emphasis on invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. He's an Associate Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), president-elect of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), and co-founder (2009) of Meet Your Neighbours. His current focus is on North America's native bees and the important roles they play in our lives. In 2015, Clay moved to Bozeman, Montana to take on the position of communications lead for WWF's Northern Great Plains Program.

March 21, 2017, The #Rustypatched Bumble Bee becomes the first bee species in the contental U.S. to join the endangered species list.
Find out more at 

Sam Droege
Head of the Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program, U.S. Geological Survey

Sam Droege has been spent most of his career at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.  He has coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program, developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the BioBlitz, Cricket Crawl, and FrogwatchUSA programs and worked on the design and evaluation of monitoring programs.  Currently he is developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees, online identification guides for North American bees at www.discoverlife.org, and with Jessica Zelt reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program.  His group maintains high resolution photographs of insects an other macro natural history objects at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/

Elaine EvansElaine Evans
Researcher, UMN Wild Bee Lab

Dr. Elaine Evans is a University of Minnesota Extension Educator and Bee Researcher working on pollinator education and research relating to bee conservation. She has authored several books: "Befriending Bumble Bees: A Guide to Raising Local Bumble Bees" and "Managing Alternative Pollinators". Elaine was a conservation consultant for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, studying declining North American bumble bee populations. After seeing the need for surveys focused on declining bumble bees, she founded the Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey in 2007, using volunteers to help survey bumble bees in the Twin Cities area. In 2016, this survey was expanded state-wide through efforts with the U of MN Minnesota Bee Atlas program. She serves as a member of the Bumble Bee Specialists Group for the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Her current work focuses on determining the status of bees in MN, monitoring threatened populations of the rusty-patched bumble bee, and enacting pollinator conservation through research, education, outreach, and citizen-science.

Tam SmithTamara Smith
Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tamara (Tam) works as a biologist in the Endangered Species Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), primarily on endangered species recovery and listing, including that of the rusty patched bumble bee. Her current focus is leading recovery planning and implementation for the rusty patched bumble bee, prairie butterflies, and several species of endangered freshwater mussels. Prior to working with USFWS, Tam worked as an Aquatic Ecologist for the PA Natural Heritage Program and was Director of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's Northwest Conservation Programs. Tam received her MS in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University and a BS in Environmental Science and Mathematics from the University of WI - Green Bay.

Sessions & Panels

  • "The Latest on Monarch Research and Monitoring"
    Alison Cariveau, Science Coordinator, Monarch Joint Venture
  • "Bee Forage: Flowering Lawns to Restored Prairies"
    Marla Spivak, PhD, James Wolfin, and Morgan Carr-Markell, University of Minnesota Honey Bee Lab

  • Updates from the Front: "Wild Bee Research"
    Dan Cariveau and Elaine Evans, Researcher, University of Minnesota Cariveau Wild Bee Lab

  • "Planting Solutions in Agriculture: Farming with Pollinators and other Beneficial Insects"
    Jim Eckberg and Sarah Folz Jordan, Xerces Society

  • "Planting Solutions in Infrastructure"

    Tina Markeson, Pollinator Habitat and Integrated Roadside Vegetation Manager, MNDOT

  • "Planting Solutions in Communities"
    Christy Marsden, Master Gardener Extension Educator, Flowers for Pollinators
    Sarah Weaver, Program Coordinator, Citizen Science and Schoolyard Gardens
    Britt Forsberg, Program Coordinator, Minnesota Bee Atlas

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Become a Summit Sponsor



Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents' Association
Minnesota Native Landscapes, Inc
Natural Shore Technologies

Become an Endorsing Organization

Central Lakes College
City of Minneapolis
City of Minnetonka
Damon Farber Landscape Architects
Do It Green! Minnesota
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary

Fresh Energy
Humming for Bees

Java Cycle

Landsculpt, Inc.
Metro Blooms
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation

Minnesota Native Landscapes, Inc.
Monarch Joint Venture
MSR Architecture, Interiors, and Urban Design

Natural Shore Technologies
Pollinate Minnesota

Prairie Moon Nursery

Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Science of the Green
Shooting Star Native Seeds
Terrace Horticultural Books
The Munch Bunch
The Wildflower Project
Three Rivers Park District

U.S. Green Building Council- Minnesota
University of MN Extension Master Gardener State Office
University of MN Monarch Lab
University of MN Extension
Xerces Society

Preferred Conference Hotel
Country Inn & Suites - Chanhassen
591 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317 area map