"Protecting Pollinators in the Face of Climate Change" at the Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Science Tavern is proud to support the 2012 series of Science Cafes at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, this year exploring the many facets of climate change.

Scoutmob has a $9 single admission offer (2 for $18) valid now through September.

Admission is free for Garden members and $18.95 otherwise. It includes the Science Cafe, access to the gardens, and Cocktails in the Garden. This month's "climate cocktail" will be the Bees' Knees, a cocktail made with honey, and with Mead, a honey wine.


Bringing Back the Pollinators: Protecting Pollinators in the Face of Climate Change

Scott Black
Executive Director
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Pollinators are an indispensable part of a healthy environment and a secure food supply. Despite their recognized importance, some pollinators are in decline. The good news is that there are steps we all can take to increase the resilience of pollinator populations to cope with changes in our environment. Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, outline the groups of insects that provide pollination services in North America, and present straightforward actions that each and every one of us can take to protect and provide habitat for pollinators.

About our speaker
Scott H. Black is an ecologist and the Executive Director with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in Portland, Oregon. He also serves as the Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Butterfly Specialist Group, Chair of the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership and Vice Chair of the Monarch Joint Venture.

As a researcher, conservationist, and teacher, Scott has worked for over twenty-five years with small issues groups and large coalitions advocating science-based conservation. He has extensive experience in endangered species conservation, pollinator conservation, macroinvertebrate monitoring, and forest and range management issues. Scott most enjoys spending time in the wild with his children and wife.

Scott has a graduate degree in ecology from Colorado State University. He the author of over 100 scientific and popular publications, co-author of two books and has written dozens of reports on land management issues. His work has been featured in newspapers, magazines, books and on radio and television.

About the Xerces Society
The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For over 40 years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. To learn more about our work or to donate to the Societ

Photo: Scott Black (courtesy of Joel Satore)


Please allow plenty of time to park and make your way through admissions to Mershon Hall and enjoy the featured climate cocktail before the talk begins at 7:00.

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  • Stacy C.

    It was great and I learned lots of things I did not know. I am going to follow his recommendations to help the pollinators and spread the word.

    September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was at 6th grade science level. Nothing very specific on butterflies

    September 21, 2012

  • Stacy C.

    Is the cost just the $9 scout mob deal or is there a fee to attend the pollinators talk?

    September 18, 2012

    • Marc M.

      The $9 Scout Mob deal covers your entire visit to the Garden, including the pollinators talk. You do have to pay for your own drinks :)

      September 18, 2012

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