Friday, October 12 Sessions & Panels
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- KEYNOTE SPEAKER
"A Guide to Restoring the Little Things That Run our World"
Insect populations have declined 45% globally since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we build beautiful landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.
- KEYNOTE SPEAKER
"Pollinators In and Around Agriculture"
Across the US and increasingly across the world, the Xerces Society is working with farmers large and small to create a new model of agriculture that integrates pollinators and beneficial insects at all levels. In this talk, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Program co-director, Eric Lee-Mäder will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art approaches to pollinator conservation in farmlands, and will share real world case studies of the diverse farms and major food companies that are leading this movement. Connections between pollinator conservation and other environmental goals such as soil health, carbon sequestration, and water quality protection will be explored under the emerging concept of regenerative agriculture.
- "Nutrition of Roadside Plants for Pollinators"
Laura Agnew, Research Scientist, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota
- Native Bee Lab Update
Dr. Daniel Cariveau
University of Minnesota Bee Lab
- "Pollinator Perspectives: Voices from Solar Sites"
Rob Davis, Director, Center for Pollinators in Energy
With Sarah Folz-Jordan, The Xerces Society, Jeff West, Prairie Restorations, Inc., Laura Caspari, Engie
- "Monarchs in Conservation Lands"
Laura Lukens, National Monitoring Coordinator, Monarch Joint Venture, University of Minnesota
The Eastern monarch butterfly population has declined by more than 80 percent during the last 20 years. A major cause of this decline has been the loss of habitat throughout the breeding range, particularly due to development and changing agricultural practices. Laura will discuss the effectiveness of habitat conservation efforts as well as the importance of agricultural conservation lands in providing and supporting monarch habitat.
Laura Lukens works for the Monarch Joint Venture, national partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic programs working together to conserve the monarch butterfly migration. Laura has worked on research projects to assess monarch habitat in a variety of habitat types. Her current work is focused upon coordinating the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP), a national initiative to collect information about monarchs and their habitats throughout the breeding range.
- "Soybeans and Skipperlings"
Dr. Erik Runquist, Conservation Biologist, Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota is home to diverse prairie butterfly fauna, but several species have recently undergone drastic population declines. For example, 10 of the 15 butterfly species classified as Endangered, Threatened, and of Special Concern by the State of Minnesota depend exclusively on native prairies. The declines of two of these, the Dakota Skipper and the Poweshiek Skipperling, have been so precipitous that they are now exceedingly rare despite having been predictably common previously. Poweshiek Skipperling is now on the verge of global extinction. Multiple regional and local factors may have contributed to these declines, and those factors are expected to have interacted in various ways. However, a working hypothesis is that these butterfly declines are at least in part the result of insecticide drift related to management of the soybean aphid, which invaded Minnesota in 2000 and led to substantial increases in insecticide applications to soybeans.
"Pollinator Perspectives: Voices from the Field"
Becky Masterman, moderator, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Kristy Allen, The Beez Kneez- Backyard Educator, Daniel Whitney, Dan's Honey Company- Commercial Beekeeper, Keith Johnson, Johnson Farms- Organic and Conventional Farmer
Assemble-Your-Own Autumn Bowl
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- Chopped Romaine
- Rosemary Roasted Turkey
- Cranberry Beans with herbs
- Charred Corn
- Charred Vegetables (carrots, beets, broccoli, squash)
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Fresh Thyme and roasted Mushroom sauce (not gluten free)
- Warm Cranberry Chutney (not gluten free)
- Cranberry Gastrique Sauce
- Toasted Chopped Pecans
- Apple and Fennel Slaw
- Pickled Radish
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Chopped Parsley
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