North American Pollinator
Protection Campaign


Public Registration
October 22-24, 2013

American Farm Bureau Federation
600 Maryland Avenue, SW #1000w
Washington, DC 20024

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The NAPPC Conference is still going as scheduled without respect to Government shutdown.

Agenda as of October 17, 2013


Open to the Public Morning Session - American Farm Bureau Federation (FREE with RSVP)***
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
NAPPC Welcome - Laurie Davies Adams and David Inouye
  Honey Bee Health Updates
  Corn Dust Research Consortium Update
DOI Welcome

Dan M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

As the 16th Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), Daniel M. Ashe is the person ultimately responsible for the welfare of the nation's fish and wildlife and its habitat. Ashe previously served as Deputy Director for Policy, where he developed policy to fulfill the Service mission, and as Science Advisor to the Director of USFWS, leading efforts to respond to global climate change. He also served as chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, directing management of 150 million acres and overseeing land acquisition programs. He also spent 13 years on Capitol Hill with the former Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising members on a wide range of environmental policy issues.

  Gary Nabhan, Ph.D., Kellogg Endowed Chair in Food and Water Security at the University of Arizona

Food Chain Restoration for Pollinators to Curb the Extinction of Relationships: Pollinator Diversity and Climate Adaptation

Gary Paul Nabhan is the Kellogg Endowed Chair in Food and Water Security at the University of Arizona. Coauthor of The Forgotten Pollinators and editor of Conservation of Migratory Pollinators and Their Nectar Corridors in Western North America, Nabhan founded the Forgotten Pollinators Campaign in the nineties, and has worked with on-farm pollinator habitat restoration for fifteen years. His orchard in Patagonia Arizona has been certified as Bee Friendly by the Partners for Sustainable Pollination and is featured as part of one of the most diverse pollinator habitat corridors in North America by the Xerces Society. His latest book on pollinator conservation in the face of climate change is called Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land.

Michael J. Bean, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Pollinators in Peril: Strategies to Sustain an Essential Service

Michael Bean is a recognized authority on wildlife conservation law.  Bean came to the Department of the Interior in 2009 from the Environmental Defense Fund, where he had directed the fund’s wildlife conservation policy initiatives since 1977 and served as co-director of its Center for Conservation Incentives. He is the principal author of The Evolution of National Wildlife Law, generally considered to be the definitive text on the subject of wildlife conservation law in the United States.
At the Environmental Defense Fund, Bean worked in close partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to spearhead development of the nation’s first “Safe Harbor” agreements for threatened and endangered species.  These are agreements in which private landowners volunteer to work in partnership with government and non-government agencies to help ensure the survival of imperiled wildlife, plants and fish. Since the Safe Harbor program was first created, hundreds of private landowners across the country have effectively laid out the welcome mat for endangered species on their property.

In his role as counselor, Bean advises on endangered species policy and actions, as well as other wildlife policy issues. His extensive experience in developing incentives for private landowners and support for innovative strategies to achieve results for imperiled species has helped shape conservation policy at the Interior Department.
In addition to his wildlife law book, Bean has authored numerous articles on wildlife protection and wildlife law, and previously served on the National Research Council’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, and on the boards of directors of Resources for the Future, Environmental Law Institute, and the Xerces Society.  He holds a law degree from Yale Law School.  


MOU Signing

Wedge Watkins, Wildlife Biologist at the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Surveying Native Bees Across Midwestern Landscapes

Wedge Watkins is a wildlife biologist at the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Columbia, Missouri. He is also the Pollinator Coordinator for the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wedge spent 10 years as a District Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service and 10 years as a Wetland Specialist with the Bureau of Land Management.  As a career field biologist, he has conducted surveys for elk, mule deer,pine marten, bats, goshawk, songbirds, waterfowl, amphibians, turtles and fish. During the past 7 years, Wedge has spent a good deal of time monitoring pollinators in Missouri.

Natural Resources Department, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians, MI)

Karen Andersen, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resources Department Plant & Greenhouse Technician

Karen Andersen is a member and elder of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. She is of Native American (Ojjwe) and French Canadian heritage.  Karen graduated with a bachelor of science in psychology from Northern Michigan University and more recently, earned a degree in Environmental Science, graduating valedictorian from her tribal college. She completed an internship sponsored by the NASA Space Program researching ‘Plant Communities along the historic Lac View Desert Trail”; the research was selected and displayed at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. for the Living Waters symposium back in 2010. Her studies in Environmental Science led her into her current position at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resource Department as the Greenhouse/Plants technician.  Previously, Karen worked in Radio where she hosted an afternoon “on air” show and produced radio commercials for local clients.
Additionally, Karen is actively involved with the community and serves on an alcohol advisory board through her tribe, and she is also a member of the Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Association (KISMA).

11:15 AM
Transition to Member Only Session

Sign in begins at 8:30AM - Program: 9 – 11:15AM EST

American Farm Bureau Federation
600 Maryland Avenue, SW #1000w
Washington, DC 20024

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