Pollinator Week has gone virtual!

Normally we would fill this page with lots of in-person events, classes and workshops across the state. But, unfortunately that is not the case for 2020. And, while we won't be having any in-person events, Nebraska Pollinator Week is filled with online and virtual webinars, classes and events. 

And, check out the "2020 Pollinator Challenge" where we invite you to participate in a state-wide citizen science project. 

 

2020 Virtual Events

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

9:00 am 

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Butterfly Survey ZOOM Training

Learn how you can get involved with butterfly research in Nebraska! NGPC is looking for volunteers to conduct butterfly surveys this summer. Volunteers should be able to conduct two surveys, one in June, and one in July. All 2020 survey volunteers MUST complete a butterfly survey training prior to the start of the season.

 

This FREE, 1.5 hour workshop will include information about at-risk butterflies, butterfly and plant identification, and how to conduct surveys. Registration is required. For questions, please contact Cody Dreier.

This event will be taking place over Zoom. Registration link.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

9:00 am 

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Butterfly Survey ZOOM Training

Learn how you can get involved with butterfly research in Nebraska! NGPC is looking for volunteers to conduct butterfly surveys this summer. Volunteers should be able to conduct two surveys, one in June, and one in July. All 2020 survey volunteers MUST complete a butterfly survey training prior to the start of the season.

 

This FREE, 1.5 hour workshop will include information about at-risk butterflies, butterfly and plant identification, and how to conduct surveys. Registration is required. For questions, please contact Cody Dreier.
This event will be taking place over Zoom. Registration link 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Nebraska Pollinator Week 2020 Challenge and iNaturalist Introduction

Celebrate Pollinator Week and become a citizen scientist by participating in the Nebraska Pollinator Week 2020 Challenge.  Learn how to use iNaturalist, a citizen science platform, to document Nebraska’s pollinating insects, and help collect real scientific data. Registration is required. 

This event will be taking place over Zoom. Registration link. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

9:00-11:00 am

Monarch Larval Monitoring Project (MLMP)

Virtual Training

Learn how to get involved with monarch butterfly research and conservation. Participants will learn about monarch biology, practice monitoring and data entry protocols, and become prepared to monitor at the Arboretum or in their communities. The training is appropriate for beginners and also a good refresher for current volunteers. MLMP is a national citizen science project. Instructor: Karen Oberhauser, Arboretum Director and MLMP Coordinator.

Registration is required. Registration Link 

Monday, June 22, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Nebraska Prairie Flowers and their Pollinators

Join Jamie Bachmann, Wildlife Educator, and Allyson Dather,  Prairie Nerd and Pollinator Enthusiast, for a casual introduction to the relationship between pollinators and Nebraska’s prairie flowers.

Registration is required. 

This event is taking place over Zoom. Registration link. 

 

Tuesday June 23, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Pollinator Week Trivia Night

To celebrate Nebraska Pollinator Week,  Nebraska Game and Parks is hosting a Pollinator week themed trivia night. Come sharpen your pollinator knowledge and help us celebrate pollinator week 2020!

Registration is required. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more information for the event.

This event is taking place over Zoom. Registration link. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

11:00 am MT

A Place for Pollinators

Join us as we explore the different places pollinators call home! We will also be demonstrating how to build one for your own backyard!  Recommended materials if you want to join us in building a pollinator home: paper straws, tin can decorations

(if desired): duct tape, paint, stickers, etc. 

Register in Advance

This meeting will take place over Zoom.  Registration Link 

For questions Contact

Nebraska Game and Parks: Zoe Van Dyke

zdvandyke5@gmail.com

Monday and Wednesday, June 22 & 24, 2020

Pollinator Story Time: Wahoo Public Library

Our virtual story times this week are all about pollinators! Monday is Butterfly Day and Wednesday is Bee Day.

No Registration Required. Event Link 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Prairie Restoration with State Botanist, Gerry Steinauer

Gerry Steinauer, NGPC botanist, will talk about prairie restoration using a diverse, local-ecotype seed mix. Discussion will include seed mix design and collecting, seedbed preparation, planting methods, and post-planting management.

Registration is required. 

This event will take place over Zoom. Registration link. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

2:00 pm MT

Importance of Pollinators

 Join Heidi Swanson, Park Naturalist, Lake McConaughy SRA, online to explore the Pollinator Plot, hear the "buzz" about who pollinates, and why we couldn't live without them.

This event will take place over Zoom. Registration Link

Thursday, June 25, 2020

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Nighttime Light Survey for Nebraska Pollinator Week

Ever wonder what pollinators are active at night?  How many pollinators (and other insects!) are active at night in a city?  Join us via YouTube live stream for a nighttime light survey from Lincoln!  We’ll have special lights on a white sheet to attract nighttime arthropods in a backyard in Lincoln to explore what kind of diversity can be found in a city.

No registration required.  Stream Here

Thursday, June 25, 2020

7;00 pm

Nebraska Roadside Pollinator and Wildflower Webinar

Learn about the Nebraska Department of Transportation's commitment to pollinators and native wildflowers. During this webinar we will talk about our roadside wildflower program and play a fun game to learn more about Nebraska pollinators and flowers. This is an event for all ages.

Registration Link 

For Questions Contact

Nebraska Department of Transportation: Mercy Manzanares

mercy.manzanares@nebraska.gov

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

 6:00-7:30 pm

Women's Learning Circle: Prairie Restoration

This free event is open to all Nebraska women. It will take place via a Zoom video conference, and will be led by Sarah Bailey, greenhouse manager and naturalist educator at Prairie Plains Resource Institute. Women's learning circles are intended to be informal, peer-to-peer learning opportunities. Sarah will cover an overview of prairie restoration in the state, the background of PPRI and their partnerships with other organizations, and details regarding the process of prairie restoration. For those interested in grassland management, pollinator habitat, and ecosystem services, don't miss this fun discussion!

Registration Link

 For Questions Contact 

Center for Rural Affairs: Erin Schoenberg

erins@cfra.org

June 22 - June 28, 2020

All Week!

Pollinator Power Party

You’re invited to a week of activities to understand the life and purpose of pollinators! 

Cooking, science, art, music, gardening, and LIVE stream of a new documentary film.

This celebration of pollination and those that preserve and promote their power will take place during

National Pollinator Week,  June 22-28, 2020.

What: The inaugural Pollinator Power Party will celebrate pollinators and the role that power companies play to protect them!

Where: At your house! Do activities along with thousands of other pollinator admirers and engage on-line.

Prizes: Ten registered participants will win prizes sweeter than honey!

Pick Your Pollen: Join virtually for one or all activities.

  • Daily: The Obscure Pollinator – Meet stunning and unknown pollinators

  • Monday: Art & Music - Share your art, music, and photography that features pollinators 

  • Tuesday: We Bee Wild Cooks - Stir up yummy creations using pollinator-dependent food.

  • Wednesday: Gardening for Butterflies – Live lecture by renowned scientist & author.

  • Thursday: Power for Pollinators Film Premier, narrated by Carrie-Anne Moss (lead in Matrix)

  • Friday: You Asked; Scientists Answered. A Twitter Conversation! 

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