6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Your Insect Allies: Meet the Beneficial Insects that Control Pests and Promote Soil Health
A zoom presentation by Karin Jokela.
Join Karin Jokela, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, to get to know some of the most common beneficial insects above and below ground. We’ll cover habitat planning to promote natural enemies and beneficial soil invertebrates, basic identification and ecology, as well as simple monitoring techniques to help farmers, land managers, and backyard gardeners assess existing populations.
Karin is a pollinator conservation planner for the Xerces Society. She provides pollinator-related technical support and training to Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation planners and farmers, primarily in southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. She has a strong background in pollinator conservation and agriculture, and holds a master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Iowa State University, where she studied skipper butterfly conservation and grassland restoration within agroecosystems.