24th Annual NAPPC International Conference

On behalf of Pollinator Partnership and the National Museum of the American Indian, we are pleased to invite NAPPC Partners to the 24th Annual International North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Conference, hosted from October 22nd to October 24th, 2024. NAPPC's mission is to encourage the health of resident and migratory pollinating animals in North America. Consider joining us in-person to take advantage of special networking and engagement activities!

Tentative Agenda:

Tuesday, October 22

  • Walking Tour at Smithsonian Gardens: 10am - 12pm
  • Conference Reception at National Museum of the American Indian: 3pm - 5pm

Wednesday, October 23

  • Keynote Speakers and Task Force Breakout Sessions: 8am - 4pm

Thursday, October 24

  • Conservation Panel and Task Force Breakout Sessions: 8am - 3pm

Check back soon for more information about the 24th Annual NAPPC Conference!

Keynote Speakers

Jane Breckinridge is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the co-founder of the Tribal Alliance for Pollinators (TAP), a Native-led coalition that assists tribes with restoring native plants to their lands. TAP has created the largest native plant seed bank in Oklahoma. Jane is also the director of the Euchee Butterfly Farm located in Leonard, OK, which creates sustainable economic development for Native people through butterfly farming, and provides education about the need for habitat conservation and cultural preservation.

Dr. Silvana Martén is a researcher and Full Professor at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, campus Morelia, where she has consolidated a career in plant biological sciences. She was born and educated in San José, Costa Rica, where she obtained her undergraduate and master's degrees in Biology, becoming passionate about plants, flowers, and their animal partners. She pursued a Ph.D. at University of Maryland, College Park, working on the floral evolution of Caribbean Gesneriaceae, after which she obtained a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution working on floral diversification in Caribbean Heliconias. She continued her work on the evolution of flowers and their pollinator partners, and she has also developed a line of work on the ecology of vulnerable tropical highland plant communities. She is presently evaluating changes in plant reproductive systems and plant-pollinator networks along elevational gradients in the high mountains of Central Mexico and Costa Rica, as well as the vulnerability of these interacting communities to climate change and other anthropogenic threats.

Dr. Kristen Baum is the director of Monarch Watch and senior scientist and professor at the University of Kansas. Baum has worked with pollinators for more than thirty years. She has served on numerous state, regional, national, and international working groups to support monarch and pollinator conservation efforts. Her research interests focus on the effects of land use and management practices on monarchs and other pollinators.

Dan Sonke grew up working on his family's almond farm near Ripon, California. As an undergrad, he self-designed a degree in sustainable agriculture through and B.A. in Environmental Studies with plant science electives. An expert on environmental issues in agriculture, Dan has more than 20 years of professional sustainable agriculture experience. His Doctorate in Plant Medicine (D.P.M.) is an integrated professional degree in crop health management from the University of Florida. He has worked with systems ranging from small-holder tropical vegetables to diverse specialty crops and large commodity crop systems. He has developed sustainable agriculture programs for fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and nuts, including a key role in starting the California Almond Sustainability Program. From 2011-2021, he developed Campbell Soup Company’s approach to sustainability in agriculture. In this role, he developed farm to spoon storytelling capabilities for Campbell and served as subject matter expert on agriculture and sustainability issues. In 2021, he became Director of Sustainability for Blue Diamond Growers, leading sustainability at the cooperative of almond farmers behind the Blue Diamond Almonds brand. In his spare time, Dan and his wife are active in their church and their children’s school. Dan also is an active gardener who recently had their yard certified as a “Bee Friendly Garden.”

Ground Rules

The following ground rules provide a statement of how NAPPC Members should work together during annual conferences and ongoing task force activities. These ground rules have been reviewed and approved by the Steering Committee. We request that you carefully review these prior to participation in NAPPC.


The success of all collaborative activities depends upon open communication and cooperation. Therefore, the following guidelines apply to NAPPC member participation:

  • NAPPC is a forum to find common ground, creating positive progress towards the NAPPC Mission. Please disagree respectfully during discussions and recognize that not all perspectives will be the same. The goal is to focus on areas of shared interest and to table contentious sticking points.
  • Each person is asked to engage in discussions by sharing thoughts and actively listening to others. 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 and lead the group off topic; if this occurs the Task Force Chair(s) will intervene to ensure all parties have a chance to speak and that discussions remain relevant.
  • Be empathetic and assume good intent from fellow NAPPC participants. Members should feel comfortable working collaboratively and openly. Please create common understanding by clarifying technical terms and acronyms.
  • The Steering Committee has identified certain subjects that have the potential to sidetrack progress. Due to the limited time we have together, genetically modified organisms and specimen collection versus observation will not be discussed during NAPPC meetings.
  • Any concerns about the conduct of the deliberations or the issues being discussed should be brought to the attention of the Task Force Chair(s) or the Steering Committee Members to ensure that the meetings are effective and positive.

Covid-19 Protocol

The following safety measures are in place to protect the health of conference participants based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), venue administration, and local governments. We ask that all attendees, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health.

Please note that we may adjust our safety guidelines based on changing CDC COVID-19 Community Levels. We encourage attendees to regularly check our website before the conference for the latest guidelines.

  • If Sick, Stay Home: We are asking all participants who are sick or feel unwell to please stay home.
  • Face Coverings: Face coverings are not required. Masks will be made available if desired.
  • Hygiene: Participants are encouraged to wash and sanitize hands frequently during their visit. Hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facilities.


How do I or my organization become a NAPPC Partner? To become a NAPPC Partner and join us at the Conference, submit a brief application by going to https://form.jotform.com/82567....

How do I or my organization become a NAPPC Sponsor? To sponsor NAPPC, please go to https://www.pollinator.org/nap... and fill out the payment information with your desired level of sponsorship.


Members of the press, please email nappc@pollinator.org for more information.


Please call Shannon at 415.362.1137 or email nappc@pollinator.org with any questions. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the 24th Annual NAPPC International Conference!