OCTOBER 20-22, 2020

Virtual Meeting


Note: This is a virtual conference with all events taking place on Zoom.

Tuesday, October 20th

8:00 AM – 8:25 AM (PDT) : Welcome

  • Kelly Rourke, Director of Programs and Operations for Pollinator Partnership
  • Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Associate Director for Science and Chief Scientist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Laurie Davies Adams, President and CEO of Pollinator Partnership

8:25 AM – 9:15 AM (PDT) : Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. David Inouye, University of Maryland/Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory:
    The Status of Pollinators after 20 Years of NAPPC
  • Dr. Doug Tallamy:, University of Delaware:
    Plant-pollinator interactions and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities

9:15 AM – 9:25 AM (PDT) : BREAK (10 mins)

9:25 AM – 10:15 AM (PDT) : Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Sam Droege, US Geological Survey: (tentative)
    The Conservation of Specialist Bees
  • Chris Taliga, USDA NRCS:
    Grassland Conservation and Pollinators

10:15 AM – 10:25 AM (PDT) : Task Force History and Involvement

  • Gary Krupnick, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

10:25 AM – 10:35 AM (PDT) : BREAK (10 mins)

10:35 AM – 11:10 AM (PDT) : NAPPC 2020 Award Ceremony

  • United States Pollinator Advocate Award
  • Mexico Pollinator Advocate Award
  • Canada Pollinator Advocate Award
  • United States Farmer- Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award
  • Canada Farmer- Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award
  • Pollinator Electric Power Award
  • Pollinator Roadside Management Award

11:10 AM – 11:20 AM (PDT) : BREAK (10 mins)

11:20 AM – 11:55 AM (PDT) : NAPPC Founder Remembrances

  • Laurie Davies Adams, Pollinator Partnership
  • Gaby Chavarria, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Paul Growald, Founder Pollinator Partnership/NAPPC
  • Chip Taylor, Monarch Watch
  • Rodrigo Medellin, UNAM
  • Steve Buchmann, Author/University of Arizona
  • Peter Kevan, University of Guelph
  • Kevin Hackett, USDA ARS
  • Coro Arizmendi, UNAM

11:55 AM – 12:00 PM (PDT) : Closing

Wednesday, October 21st

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM (PDT) : NAPPC, P2, and NMNH Welcome

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM (PDT) : NAPPC Member Moments

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM (PDT) : 2019-20 Task Force Reports

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM (PDT) : BREAK (30 mins)

10 AM – 12 PM (PDT) : Task Force Breakout Session 1

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM (PDT) : BREAK (15 mins)

12:15 PM – 1:10 PM (PDT) : Honey Bee Health Grantee Research Updates

  • Dr. Kirsten Traynor, Arizona State University:
    Smart Tracking: How varroa impact the social cohesion and longevity of a colony
  • Amy Geffre, University of California San Diego:
    The Understudied Honey Bee: Exploring the Role of Feral Honey Bees in Pathogen Dynamics in Pollinator Communities of Southern California
  • Dr. Mauricio Quesada, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México:
    Effects of landscape and floral resources on population density, honey composition, nutritional stress and prevalence of parasites and pathogens in Apis mellifera in Mexico
  • Pierre Lau and Alexandria Payne, Texas A&M University:
    Can we alter the macronutrient ratios within artificial diets to bolster honey bee pathogen defense?
  • Dr. Meghan Bennett, USDA-ARS:
    Using nutrition to combat the biggest threat to honey bee survival, Varroa destructor

1:10 PM – 1:25 PM (PDT) : BREAK (15 mins)

1:25 PM – 1:55 PM (PDT) : NAPPC Member Moments

1:55 PM – 2:00 PM (PDT) : Closing Instructions

Thursday, October 22nd

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM (PDT) : Instructions/Information for the day

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM (PDT) : NAPPC Member Moments

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM (PDT) : Behind the Scene Tours of the Smithsonian NMNH

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM (PDT) : BREAK (15 mins)

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (PDT) : Task Force Breakout Session 2

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM (PDT) : BREAK (30 mins)

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (PDT) : Task Forces Present on 2020-21 Plans

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM (PDT) : A Celebration of NAPPC's 20th Anniversary!

*Agenda Subject to change.

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Ground Rules

The following ground rules provide a statement of how we propose to work together at the upcoming conference. These ground rules have been reviewed and approved by the Steering Committee as part of Conference planning. We request that you carefully review these prior to the meeting.


The success of all projects depend upon open communication and cooperation. Therefore, the following guidelines will apply:

  • Each person is asked to fully participate in the Conference deliberations. The Task Force Chair(s) will ensure that all participants who want to contribute to discussions are allowed the time to do so. Therefore, participants are requested not to dominate the discussions; if this occurs the Task Force Chair(s) will intervene to ensure all parties have a chance to talk.

  • The Steering Committee has identified certain subjects that have the potential to sidetrack progress on moving the Action Plan forward. Due to the limited time we have together at the Conference, genetically modified organisms and collections versus observation will not be discussed during the Conference.

  • Any concerns about the conduct of the deliberations or the issues being discussed should be fully aired to the Task Force Chair(s) or the Steering Committee Members in private if appropriate to ensure that the deliberations are effective and positive. NAPPC participants should feel free to work collaboratively and openly. Please respect all perspectives. Disagreements or conflicts will be addressed as issues to be resolved rather than battles to be won.

  • Any commitments made should not be taken lightly and follow through will be expected. Committees and Task Forces will be facilitated and recorded by volunteer participants.



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Please call Savannah at 415.362.1137 or email nappc@pollinator.org with any questions. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the 20th Annual NAPPC International Conference!