Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Annual Conservation Symposium


The Annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Conservation Symposium, established in 2012, is designed to address topics that are critical to environmental conservation in our region, as well nationally and internationally.

The keynote speaker is the winner of that year’s Pritzlaff Conservation Award , which is given to a global trailblazer in conservation. Additional expert speakers are chosen to provide a well-rounded discussion on the topic chosen that year. The symposium concludes with a panel discussion during which we can all put our heads together to tackle some of the most challenging conservation issues of our day.


Pritzlaff Conservation Award

Video of past Conservation Symposium Presentations

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's
2014 Annual 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

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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

image of Claire Kremen, 2014 SBBG Pritzlaff Conservation Award RecipientDr. 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.

image of pollinator inside flower ~ photo courtesy Rollin Colville

Robbin Thorp

The plight of our bumble bees

image of Dr. Robin Thorp ~ photo courtesy Kathy Keatley GarveyDr.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.

Gretchen LeBuhn

Using citizen science to understand patterns of pollination service across the United States

image of Dr. Gretchen LeBuhnDr. 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.

Frédérique Lavoipierre

Monarch butterflies, milkweed, and… eucalyptus? Effects of habitat resources on an iconic butterfly

Frédérique LavoipierreMonarch 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.

Frédérique, 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.

Denise Knapp

Pollinators need natives: How alien invasions have changed the game

Denise Knapp in fennel at Santa Cruz IslandDenise, 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.

Cause Hanna

Using plant-pollinator networks to manage invasive species and restore degraded ecosystems

image of Dr. Cause HannaDr. 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.



Books related to this SymposiumImage of the books Common Bees of California and Milkweed, Monarchs and More

Field Guide to the Common Bees of California: Including Bees of the Western United States by Gretchen LeBuhn as well as Milkweed, Monarchs and More: A Field Guide to the Invertebrate Community in the Milkweed Patch by Ba Rea, Karen Oberhauser and Michael Quinn are available in the Garden Gift Shop.