The Second National Conference on Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes will take place October 9-11, 2017 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, MI. Hosted by Michigan State University and North Carolina State University, this conference is intended for extension educators, academic and industry researchers, growers, and representatives of related industries interested in or involved with plants and pollinators in urban landscapes.

Conference Agenda

Monday, Oct. 9th

             5:30—7 p.m.                         Registration Open

             7—7:45 p.m.                         Opening Keynote, Lawrence Packer

             7:45—10 p.m.                       Mix-N-Mingle

Tuesday, Oct. 10th

             7—8 a.m.                              Registration Open

             8—8:45 a.m.                         Breakfast

             8:45—10:20 a.m.                 Session 1: Function of Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes

             8:45—9:30 a.m.                    The Human Dimensions of Urban Pollinator Conservation, Damon Hall

             9:30—9:50 a.m.                    The role of Lepidopterans in the Urban Landscape, Duke Elsner

             9:50—10:10 a.m.                  Just a Small Town Bee

            10:10—10:20 a.m.                 Session 1: Discussion Panel

            10:20—10:30 a.m.                 Break

            10:30 a.m.—12:05 p.m.        Session 2: Pesticides and Pollinators

            10:30—11:15 a.m.                 Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management for Urban Lawns and
                                                          Landscapes, Dan Potter

            11:15—11:35 a.m.                  A nationwide analysis of pollen collected by honey be (Apis mellifera)
                                                          in urban and suburban environments, Pierre Lau

            11:35—11:55 a.m.                  Urban Wild and Domesticated Pollinators, what do they face?,
                                                           Audrey Muratet

            11:55 a.m.—12:05 p.m.          Session 2: Discussion Panel

            12:05—1 p.m.                         Lunch

            1—3:15 p.m.                         Session 3: Pollinator Health and Habitat in Urban Landscapes

            1—1:45 p.m.                           A Growing Conservation Focus in Shrinking Cities: How Vacant Land
                                                           Ecology Structures Bee Communities, Mary Gardiner 

            1:45—2:05 p.m.                      Functional and Phylogenetic Filtering of Urban Wild Bee Diversity,
                                                            Scott MacIvor

            2:05—2:25 p.m.                      Too Hot Downtown? The Effect of Urban Warming on Bee
                                                           Communities, Elsa Youngsteadt                    

            2:25—2:35 p.m.                      Session 3: Discussion Panel

            2:35—3:15 p.m.                      Break

            3:15—5 p.m.                        Session 4: Best Management Practices in Ornamental Landscapes

            3:15—3:35 p.m.                      Systemic Insecticides in Urban Landscapes IPM:
                                                          Impacts & Benefits, Joe Chamberlin
            3:35—3:55 p.m.                      Pesticide Regulation & Stewardship for Pollinator Protection,
                                                          Caydee Savinelli & Frank Wong

            3:55—4:15 p.m.                      Practical Implications for Current & Future Research Activities,
                                                          Cristi Palmer

            4:15—4:30 p.m.                      The Critical Need for Industry-wide BMP Adoption, Jill Calabro

            4:30—4:50 p.m.                      Publishing of Regional BMPs for Landscapers & Arborists,
                                                          Dave Smitley

            4:50—5 p.m.                           Discussion Panel

            5 –6 p.m.                                Break/Poster Set-Up

            6—6:45 p.m.                           Dinner on your own

           7—10 p.m.                               Poster Session

Wednesday, Oct. 11th

            8—8:45 a.m.                           Breakfast

            8:45—10:20 a.m.                    Session 1: Boots on the ground– Efforts, Challenges and
                                                            Opportunties for Protecting Pollinators 
            8:45—9:30 a.m.                      Back Forty to the Backyard: 15 years of Pollinator Conservation,
                                                            Mace Vaughan

            9:30—9:50 a.m.                      Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinator Programs, Steve Foltz

            9:50—10:10 a.m.                    A Monarch’s View of the City: Developing a Conservation Design for
                                                           Monarchs in Urban Areas, Abigail Derby-Lewis

            10:10—10:30 a.m.                  Strugggling to Get Beyond Best Managment Practices

            10:30 a.m.—Noon                  Session 2: Educating the Public

            10:30—11:15 a.m.                  Understanding Urban Bees at Local to Continental Scales,
                                                            Gretchen LeBuhn

            11:15—11:35 a.m.                  Smart Gardening for Pollinators: A state-wide campaign with 
                                                           far reaching impact, Rebecca Finneran

            11:35—11:55 a.m.                  Perspectives on Education, Outreach, and Advocacy for Plants and 
                                                           Pollinators, Casey Sclar

            11:55 a.m.—12:05 p.m.          Session 1 & 2: Discussion Panel

            12:05—12:45 p.m.                  Lunch

            1 p.m.                                     Adjourn for those not on the tour

            1—5:30 p.m.                          Tours


  • $220 for participants (before September 1, 2017)
  • $300 for participants (after September 1, 2017)
  • $180 for students
Registration includes: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all events excluding optional tours

For more detailed information about this conference including lodging, travel, speaker AND session information download the attached conference brochure and visit:
For more information about Conference Sponsorship please contact Dave Smitley at or Ashley Schwieterman at

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions about Sponsorship, contact Dr. Dave Smitley (
For questions about the conference venue, including lodging and travel arrangements or about the confernce program and registration contact ANR Event Services at or 517-353-3175.