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2017 Pollinator Summit – Every Flower Counts

Every Flower Counts: Cultivating Minds and Landscapes for Pollinators

The second annual Pollinator Summit convened by the Colorado Pollinator Network brings together nationally and regionally recognized pollinator experts to present and discuss strategies for protecting and managing land to support pollinators in Colorado. This Summit is designed for organizations, agencies, businesses, professionals, educators, growers, land managers, researchers and volunteers actively working to conserve and protect pollinators and their habitats.

 

Morning Keynote Speaker

Scott Hoffman Black

Bringing Back the Pollinators: An Integrated Landscape Approach to Pollinator Conservation

 

Life on Earth as we know it depends upon pollinators. An estimated 85% of the world’s flowering plants depend on animals—mostly insects—for pollination. Pollinators sustain wild plant communities that feed and shelter myriad other wildlife. Pollinators are also crucial to agriculture and to our diet: more than two-thirds of crop species—including fruit, vegetable, spice, nut, and oilseed crops for people and forage for livestock—are dependent upon pollinators.

Unfortunately, pollinator declines put all of this at risk. Beekeepers are losing 30% to 40% of their hives each year and numerous wild, unmanaged pollinator species native to North America are also experiencing declines. Over a quarter of North America’s bumble bees have are at risk of extinction and monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 80%.

Scott will discuss the latest science on pollinators, their importance and decline, and how all people can take action to help.

 

Scott Hoffman Black is an internationally renowned conservationist who has been at the forefront of the pollinator conservation movement for two decades. He is executive director of the Xerces Society, which under his leadership has become the premier invertebrate conservation organization in North America.

 

Scott’s work has led to protection and restoration of habitat on hundreds of thousands of acres of rangelands, forests, and farmland as well as protection for many endangered species. He is an author of the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators and Gardening for Butterflies and has written more than two hundred other publications. His work has been honored with several awards, including the 2011 Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus Award and the U.S. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas 2012 Butterfly Conservation Award.

 

 

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

World travelers without the passport: review of plants fingerprints

 

Pollen grains are not only essential in plant reproduction, they are also valuable tools in countless other applications. A pollen grain’s uniquely ornamented outer wall, called the exine, consists of sporopollenin, which is the most resistant material known in the organic world. It is chemically stable and remains unchanged in pollen grains that are 500 million years old. It is resistant to non-oxidative chemicals, enzymes and strong chemical reagents, concentrated acids and bases and remains unchanged when pollen grains are heated to 300°C (572°F). With these unique qualities, pollen grains can provide insight into climate change and plant-climate interactions, landscape development and human impact in vegetation throughout the history of mankind. Pollen grains can even help solve murders.

 

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski of Denver Botanic Gardens is a Finnish-born scientist with a Ph.D. in quaternary biology from the University of Lund, Sweden and D.Sc. in aeropalynology from the University of Stockholm. She has worked with pollen grains since her first year in college and has been involved in all aspects of them from marine archaeology to asthma and from lake sediments in the arctic tundra to the snowfields in South Georgia, Antarctic. She is the author and co-author of many scholarly publications and has taught at universities worldwide. Since 2007, she has coordinated and managed Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration.

 

Breakout sessions will include:

Education, Land Management, Policy/Advocacy, Research and Science.

 

$35, includes all programming and lunch

 

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