Bee Conservation Talks Scheduled!

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Bee on plum flower

Scott Hoffman Black, conservationist, author, and executive director of the Xerces Society, will be giving three public talks in Oregon this month. The public is invited to join him at one of these events.

During each event, Scott will speak about the potential for a global pollinator crisis, what the underlying causes are of pollinator declines, and highlight actions that everyone can take to help these important animals. All events are free and open to the public, but please see below for any registration requirements.

Sunday, October 6 – Portland Bring Back the Pollinators: What we can all do to protect this vital resource 11:00 a.m. Location: Garden Fever, 3433 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97212 Presented by Garden Fever This event is FREE, but registration is required due to limited space. Call Garden Fever at (503) 287-3200 to claim a seat!

Scott’s talk coincides with a Carrotmob event organized by Bee-Friendly Portland. Info at https://www.beefriendlyportland.org/3/post/2013/08/carrotmob-for-bees-october-6-at-garden-fever.html

Thursday, October 10 – Eugene Bring Back the Pollinators: What we can all do to protect these essential creatures 6:00 p.m. Scott will be giving the keynote address at the Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah’s fall celebration: Weaving the Wild into Our Lives. Location: Veterans’ Memorial Building Ballroom, 1626 Willamette Street, Eugene, Oregon Presented by Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah This event is FREE, but registration is required via the Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah website, https://www.bufordpark.org/tours/events/

Thursday, October 17 – Portland Bring Back the Pollinators 10:15 a.m. (coffee available at 9:30 a.m.) Scott will be the first of two speakers in a program about the impacts of neonicotinoid insecticides on bees and other pollinators in gardens. Location: Portland Garden Club, 1132 SW Vista Ave., Portland, OR 97205 Presented by the Portland Garden Club This event is FREE, and no registration is required. Just turn up at the right time and place!

About Scott Hoffman Black Before becoming executive director of the Xerces Society, Scott worked to protect public lands and open spaces in Colorado and successfully advocated for protection of old growth forests in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. In the decade since joining Xerces, he has saved endangered butterflies, campaigned to prevent extensive pesticide spraying programs, and advocated to protect bees and other pollinators. An accomplished public speaker, Scott has authored over 200 scientific and popular publications. He is recognized internationally for his conservation successes and currently chairs the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Butterfly Specialist Group. Scott has received several awards, including the 2011 Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus Award and the U.S. Forest Service Wings Across Americas 2012 Butterfly Conservation Award.

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