Free course Xerces Society & NMSU: ” Supporting Pollinators and Beneficial Insects in Backyards and on Farms”
New Mexico State University partnering with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will host a free virtual course series to inform farmers, educators, and the public about pollinator and beneficial insect conservation in gardens and farms in northern New Mexico.
The weekly six-part series, “Supporting Pollinators and Beneficial Insects in Backyards and on Farms,” will consist of 1 to 1.5 hour live virtual presentations via Zoom. The webinars will take place at 3:00 p.m. MT on Tuesdays from June 23rd through July 28th. Registration is free and required for attendance of the live presentations, though all webinars in this series will be uploaded to the NMSU YouTube channel at a later date with no viewing restrictions.
The webinar series will cover a range of topics on pollinators and beneficial insects in northern New Mexico, from getting to know the bees and other helpful bugs in backyards and farms to designing and planting healthy habitat to support those insects and protecting pollinators from pesticides. The exact topics and dates of each webinar with links to individual registration pages are as follows:
- June 23rd: Pollinators of Northern New Mexico: How to Identify and Conserve the Bees in your Backyard
- June 30th: Helpful Bugs of Northern New Mexico: How to Identify and Conserve Beneficial Insects for Pest Control
- July 7th: Conserving Bees in your Backyard: How to Create Habitat for New Mexico Pollinators in Small Spaces
- July 14th: Attracting and Supporting Crop Pollinators on New Mexico Farms
- July 21st: Integrating Pollinators and Pest Management in New Mexico Gardens and Farms
- July 28th: Ask Me Anything: New Mexico Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Expert Roundtable
Participants are welcome to attend any and all of the six webinars. Registration is required for each webinar you wish to attend. Live captioning provided for all webinars.
For more details and to register, visit the series registration page here. Contact Rachel Dunham at firstname.lastname@example.org with any registration questions. To submit questions about pollinators and beneficial insects for the “Ask Me Anything,” email email@example.com.