This 7-part series, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Pollinator Science Team, introduces participants to the foundations of pollinator ecology, and the conservation and management of pollinating insects, birds, and bats. The series covers the basic ecological process of pollination; the status of wild pollinators nation-wide, including the threats to declining species; and suggests ways Service employees can incorporate consideration of pollinators into all their wildlife conservation and land management projects.

Objectives:

  • To inspire Service personnel to help conserve wild pollinators
  • To increase employee knowledge of the status and trends among pollinator communities, and the associated stressors and threats to species across multiple ecosystems
  • To increase employee knowledge of pollinator ecology to help them incorporate pollinator conservation considerations into their programs and projects
  • To prepare employees for future advanced training opportunities in pollinator conservation

 

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Webinar Descriptions

Bumblebees

  • Details: Leif Richardson provides an overview of bumble bee ecology, distribution, and declines. Jeff Everett then briefly discusses bumble bees and the Endangered Species Act and bumble bee status assessments before diving into a case study concerning Franklin's bumble bee.

  • Presenters: Leif Richardson (Xerces Society) and Jeff Everett (USFWS)

  • Recorded: July 14, 2021

  • Duration: 54 minutes

Butterflies

  • Details: Scott Hollman Black discusses why we should care about butterflies as well as their status, threats, and conservation actions to help them.

  • Presenters: Scott Hoffman Black (Xerces Society)

  • Recorded: July 7, 2021

  • Duration: 61 minutes

Moths and Flies

  • Details: Dr. David Inouye discusses Myiophily, the pollination of flowers by flies, sharing characteristics and examples of those flowers. He also discusses differences between flies and bees as pollinators and provides examples of crops pollinated by flies and various species of flies.

  • Presenters: David Inouye PhD (U. of Maryland) and David Wagner PhD (U. of Connecticut)

  • Recorded: July 18, 2021

  • Duration: 64 minutes

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Native Bees and Wasps

  • Details: Dr. Dave Lightfoot provides an overview of wasps, particularly pollinator wasps, as well as arthropod diversity. Sam Droege mirrors Dr. Lightfoot's presentation by providing an overview of bees, specifically lack of information and what we should be thinking about when managing the complicated and unknown life history.

  • Presenters: Dave Lightfoot, PhD and Sam Droege

  • Recorded: June 30, 2021

  • Duration: 60 minutes

Nectivorous Bats and Hummingbirds

  • Details:  This 7-part series, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Pollinator Science Team, will introduce participants to the foundations of pollinator ecology, and the conservation and management of pollinating insects, birds, and bats. The series will cover the basic ecological process of pollination; the status of wild pollinators nation-wide, including the threats to declining species; and will suggest ways Service employees can incorporate consideration of pollinators into all their wildlife conservation and land management projects.

  • Presenters:  Kristen Lear and Christine Bishop

  • Recorded: July 28, 2021

  • Duration: 65 minutes

Pollinators 101 - Ecology of Pollinators

  • Details: Dr. Olivia Carril discusses why it's important to understand what pollination is, as well as introduces why bees and pollinators are important to our ecosystem. She also focuses on research concerning bees and bee decline. Dr. Christina Grozinger follows up with what may be causing pollinator decline and what we can do about it.

  • Presenters: Olivia Carril and Christina Grozinger

  • Recorded: June 23, 2021

  • Duration: 69 minutes