Friday, October 12 Sessions & Panels   



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2016 pollinator summit







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                    (Photo credit: Mark Paulson)



    "A Guide to Restoring the Little Things That Run our World"

    Doug Tallamy

    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.

    "Pollinators In and Around Agriculture"

    Eric Lee-Mäder

    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

  • Lunch Menu
    Assemble-Your-Own Autumn Bowl
    Credit the, pollinator lunch

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  • Base
    - Barley
    - Chopped Romaine

  • Protein
    - Rosemary Roasted Turkey
    - Cranberry Beans with herbs

  • Vegetables
    - Charred Corn
    - Charred Vegetables (carrots, beets, broccoli, squash)
    - Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • Sauces
    - Fresh Thyme and roasted Mushroom sauce (not gluten free)
    - Warm Cranberry Chutney (not gluten free)
    - Cranberry Gastrique Sauce

  • Toppings
    - Toasted Chopped Pecans
    - Apple and Fennel Slaw
    - Pickled Radish
    - Pumpkin Seeds
    - Chopped Parsley


Call 612-301-1210

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

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Endorsing Organizations & Sponsors

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Hosted by

Extension Master Gardeners, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Contributing Sponsor

Minnesota Native Landscapes

Patron Sponsors

Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association

Patron Exhibitors

Natural Shore Technologies, Inc

Prairie Moon Nursery

Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Prairie Restorations
The Xerces Society
Xerces Society

Sponsorship Information

Please contact Carrie Stowers at to discuss options and benefits for your organization. 
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Endorsing Organizations

This no-cost option shows your support by helping to promote the program to your constituents.
Contact Carrie Stowers at to confirm your endorsement. 
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American Society of Landscape Architects - Minnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN)

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Happy Dancing Turtle

Great River Coalition

Grey Leaf Design, Inc.

Landsculpt Inc.

Mademoiselle Miel

Metro Blooms

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association

Minnesota Native Landscapes

Minnesota State Horticulture Society

Minnesota Schoolyard Gardens Coalition

Monarch Joint Venture

Natural Shore Technologies, Inc

Pollinate Minnesota

Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Shooting Star Native Seeds

The Xerces Society

Three Rivers Park District

University of Minnesota Monarch Lab


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