Nancy is a partner biologist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. She loves sharing her understanding of our native bees and other agriculturally beneficial insects, native plants, and other wildlife, and helping people appreciate how diversity supports our well-being.
Nancy supports farmers and others interested in pollinator conservation through planting habitat, minimizing pesticide use, and increasing awareness of the importance of native bees in crop pollination.
She studied native bee crop pollinators while earning a doctoral degree in entomology. She was as a horticulture extension educator, native plant nursery manager, field botanist, and Peace Corps volunteer.
View her videos on crop pollinators and native plants at https://www.youtube.com/user/MelittologyNancy.
To learn more about pollinator conservation and conservation biological control, visit www.xerces.org or www.nrcs.usda.gov.
Contact: Nancy@xerces.org or 336-370-3443.
The Xerces Society
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. We take our name from the now extinct Xerces Blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces), the first butterfly known to go extinct in North America as a result of human activities.
The Xerces Society is a science-based conservation organization, working with diverse partners including scientists, land managers, educators, policymakers, farmers, and citizens. By using applied research, engaging in advocacy, providing educational resources, and addressing policy implications, we endeavor to make meaningful long-term conservation a reality.
Our core programs focus on habitat conservation and restoration, species conservation, protecting pollinators, contributing to watershed health, and reducing harm to invertebrates from pesticide use.
Conference Session: Enhancing Farm Diversity to Support Pollinators, Predators, and Parasitoids
Floral diversity on farms supports pollinators and many other insects that benefit our farms, gardens, and watersheds. Join Nancy to learn about some of our smaller farm heroes–the most common types of bees, wasps, flies, beetles, and other wildlife that help ensure healthy harvests. The program will highlight habitat needs (food and shelter) of pollinators, predators, and parasitoids, farming practices that support them, and Farm Bill programs to enhance diversity on farms.