Pritzlaff Conservation Symposium
The Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Symposium, established in 2012, honors John’s life-long commitment to conservation and serves to inspire others to understand the importance of conservation, take action, and help the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden reach its plant conservation leadership goals.
John C. Pritzlaff was a Botanic Garden Trustee from 1991 – 2003. He was a life-long servant and champion of the people and the environment. His political, personal, and volunteer activities speak clearly to his love of the environment and his desire to ensure that our greatest treasure – our natural environment – remains healthy for future generations. John recognized that botanic gardens are powerful agents for conservation. Individually and collectively, botanic gardens address a range of activities needed to help ensure the survival of threatened plant species.
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Presents the
2014 Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Symposium
Native Plants Supporting Pollinators: Solutions from Farm to Wildlands
Date: Friday, October 3
Time: 10:00-4:00 pm
Location: Santa Barbara Zoo's Discovery Pavillion
Native plants support a higher diversity of pollinators than non-native plants, which makes sense given that they've evolved together over millions of years. These pollinators are necessary to ensure our food supply, wildflowers and food webs. This year’s symposium will cover plant-pollinator relationships, pollinator decline, and how everyday citizens can make a difference.
Claire Kremen, 2014 Pritzlaff Conservation Award Recipient
If you build it will they come? Restoring pollinator communities in California's agricultural landscapes
Dr. Kremen, UC Berkeley - Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, will talk about the importance of native pollinators for maintaining our native plants and our food supply and discuss her lab's work re-building pollinator communities and pollination services in intensively-managed agricultural landscapes of California's Central Valley.
The plight of our bumble bees
Dr.Thorp, UC Davis, will talk about recent sudden declines in two native California bumble bees he has been monitoring and his hypothesis as to the cause of their declines and declines in related species in the eastern USA . He will discuss an approach to determine the status of other North American bumble bee species using data from museum collections.
Using citizen science to understand patterns of pollination service across the United States
Dr. LeBuhn, San Francisco State University, will talk about the role citizen science can play in understanding pollination and her lab's work understanding how landscape change and management influence pollinator communities at local and continental scales.
Monarch butterflies, milkweed, and… eucalyptus? Effects of habitat resources on an iconic butterfly
Monarch butterflies are an emblematic species, instantly recognized by the general public, and a rich resource for stories that engage the general public. Evolution, habitat loss and food web dynamics can all be illustrated with this 'poster' butterfly.
Frederique, SBBG - Education Program Manager, will be discussing how monarch decline weaves together aspects of these and other stories, while creating a compelling call to action for conservation efforts for all pollinators.
Pollinators need natives: How alien invasions have changed the game
Denise, SBBG - Director of Conservation & Education, will be discussing how pollinator communities respond to the invasion of non-native plant species and consequent loss of native species, and her research into how this effect varies with the amount and characteristics of the plant invader. She'll also discuss how restoration of native habitat can bring these communities back.
Using plant-pollinator networks to manage invasive species and restore degraded ecosystems
Dr. Hanna, Cal State Channel Islands, will discuss how incorporating plant-pollinator networks into invasive species management and habitat restoration will enable conservation practitioners 1) to minimize the negative and maximize the positive impacts (e.g., taxon substitution) of introduced species and 2) to ensure the long-term persistence of restored ecosystems.