7:30-8:15 am REGISTRATION
8:15-8:30 Welcome and Purpose -- Carrie McLaughlin, Texas Master Naturalist and Moderator
8:30-9:45 Overview of Native Bees of Texas -- Michael Warriner, Nongame and Rare Species Program Leader, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
9:45-10:15 Conservation and Forest Restoration of the Monarch Butterfly Wintering Habitat --
Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón, Ph.D, Executive Director, Forests for Monarchs -- La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, Inc.
10:15-10:40 BREAK - and visit with Exhibitors
10:40-11:55 Pollinators and Natives: An Ancient Marriage -- Randy Johnson, Dallas Zoo Horticulture Manager, Randy Johnson Organics
11:55-12:40 LUNCH — Exhibits, tour wildflower center grounds, etc.
12:40-1:40 Bat Pollinators of the Americas -- Dr. Merlin Tuttle, Founder and CEO of Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation, Inc. and Founder (retired) of Bat Conservation International
1:40-2:25 Ecological Services of Birds: Pollinators and Interactions -- Brett Johnson, Urban Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
2:25-2:50 BREAK - and visit with Exhibitors
2:50-3:50 Pollination mutualisms: from genes to landscapes -- Shalene Jha, Ph.D—Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology Department, University of Texas at Austin
3:50-4:10 Farm Bill Programs for Pollinators -- Ricky Linex, Wildlife Biologist, Natural Resources Conservation Service
4:10-5:10 Restoring monarch populations: Cultivating abundance for all -- Ben Eldridge, Director of Education, Cibolo Nature Center & Farm
5:30 pm Questions, RAFFLE & wrap-up