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MNPS Monthly Program: Plants for Pollinators: Getting Reliably Safe Plants by Sharon Selvaggio

  • 05/28/2024
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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Speaker:  Sharon Selvaggio

Wondering how to ensure the plants you buy are safe for pollinators from the start? Sharon Selvaggio, Pesticide Program Specialist at The Xerces Society, will discuss why choosing pollinator-safe nurseries is important, what drives the nursery industry's use of pesticides and how plant buyers can evaluate nursery practices. She will also introduce Xerces' new adoptable contract grow model for obtaining pollinator-safe native plants in quantity.

Tiny, inconspicuous and unappreciated species hold our world together. On their behalf, Sharon Selvaggio, a staff member in The Xerces Society’s Pesticide Program, works to help people recognize the risks of pesticides and move away from pesticide reliance toward more prevention-based pest management. Sharon is a former biologist and refuge manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and prior to Xerces, worked for several years with Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides.


We can accommodate the first 300 people who enter the Zoom meeting at the meeting time. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting. Registering does not guarantee a space in the Zoom meeting. 

Zoom opens at 7:00PM for pre-program board update and member Q&A. Presentations begin at 7:30PM and generally run until 8:45PM. 

The program is free and open to the public.

This will be recorded and available on our Webinars page.

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