Pollinator Summit

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

$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



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 Evans, Researcher, UMN Wild Bee Lab

Tamara Smith, Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


            SESSIONS & PANELS
  • "The Latest on Monarch Research and Monitoring"
    The 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, Plant Economist/Agronomist, 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

Download Summit Flyer


Become a Summit Sponsor



Minnesota Native Landscapes, Inc

Become an Endorsing Organization

Central Lakes College
City of Minnetonka

Do It Green! Minnesota
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary

Humming for Bees
Java Cycle

Landsculpt, Inc.
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
MSR Architecture, Interiors, and Urban Design

Pollinate Minnesota
Prairie Moon Nursery

Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Shooting Star Native Seeds
Terrace Horticultural Books
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

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