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Mansfield ISD Hosts Event to Help You Help Nature

Oct 28, 2014 11:31AM ● Published by Kevin

The 2014 Texas Pollinator PowWow takes place on Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts - Mansfield, TX. According to its website, "Birds, bats, bees, butterflies and more! Come learn about Texas plants and their pollinators, the conservation challenges they are facing, and how YOU can help!"

The inaugural event highlights topics ranging from native plants and bees to hummingbirds and honey bees. Urban and rural land management best practices by experts from around the state will also be discussed.

"We will also have a great group of exhibitors on hand all day to answer questions, provide resources, and showcase their organizations," the website says. "There will be live exhibits featuring butterflies, caterpillars and the precious bat 'ambassadors' from Bat World. Desirable pollinator-related items will be available by raffle at the end of the day (your presence is required to win)."

The event features 
some of the best and brightest of minds and committed professionals in pollination conservation today. 

It is our desire that the general public be edified and educated and entertained, and that conservation staff and volunteers be enabled to network with others outside their                     narrow focus while being provided with a popular venue to share their missions with the community at large," according to the website.


The PowWow costs $15 to attend and includes a barbecue plate lunch. After Nov. 6, registration is $25 (lunch will not be provided for registrants after Nov. 6). Lunch includes 
sliced beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork, potato salad, cole slaw, pinto beans, plenty of barbecue sauce and all the usual condiments, iced tea, lemonade and sugar cookies. Guests can bring their own lunches as well.

To register, click 

Questions can be directed to 
Carrie McLaughlin at or 682-459-1684.


The schedule of events is as follows:
  • 8:00 - 8:50: Registration and 'Browse Time' - (morning coffee and juice provided)
  • 8:50 - 9:00: Welcome and Purpose - Carrie McLaughlin, Texas Master Naturalist, Moderator
  • 9:00 - 9:45: Overview of Native Bees of Texas - Michael Warriner, Nongame and Rare Species Program Leader, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • 9:45 – 10:20: Bumble Bees in Urban Places - Jessica Beckham, Ph.D. Candidate, University of North Texas
  • 10:20 – 10:35: Break
  • 10:35 – 11:20: Activist Notes from The Urban Beekeepers/North Texas - Susan & Brandon Pollard, Bee Whisperers, Texas Honeybee Guild
  • 11:20 – 11:50: Eat The Yard - The Pollinator's Importance to the Urban Farmer - Steve Smith & James Jeffers, Eat The Yard Organics  (a veteran-owned enterprise)
  • 11:50 – 12:00: Questions for morning presenters
  • 12:00 – 12:45: Luncheon (SPRING CREEK BARBEQUE plate lunch; sponsored by KINETIC SOLUTIONS LLC)
  • 12:45 – 1:30: Pollinators and Natives: An Ancient Marriage - Randy Johnson, Dallas Zoo Horticulture Manager, Randy Johnson Organics
  • 1:30 – 2:05: Birds as Pollinators -  Mark Klym, Wildlife Biologist and Author, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • 2:05 – 2:40: Chiroptera: The Environmental Cornerstone - Kate Rugroden, Director of Bat World Mid-Cities, Wildlife Rehabilitator & Author
  • 2:40 – 2:55: Break
  • 2:55 – 3:40: Conservation Practices to Protect Bees on Your Property - Anne Stine, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society
  • 3:40 – 4:15: Farm Bill Programs & Plantings for Pollinators - Ricky Linex, Wildlife Biologist and Author, USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • 4:15 – 4:50: Wildlife Management Tax Valuations - Brett Johnson, Urban Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • 4:50 – 5:00: Questions for afternoon presenters and Raffle  - (must be present to win!)
For raffle information, click here. For more information on the speakers, click here.

In 2015, the event will be held at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.

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