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Eric Lee-Mäder

Pollinator Conservation Co-Director, Xerces Society and co-author, Gardening for Butterflies

Eric Lee-Mäder is the Pollinator Conservation Program Co-Director at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. He is part of the Xerces team that has a new book, Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects, released by Timber Press in March, 2016. Xerces will also release 100 Plants to Feed the Bees, by Storey Publishing, in December 2016. In this role Eric works across the world with farmers, land managers, gardeners, native plant nurseries, and the agencies such as the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to protect and restore habitat for bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects. Since 2008, his team at Xerces has supported the restoration of more than 250,000 acres of wildflower-rich pollinator habitat across the United States. Eric’s professional background includes previous work as an assistant Extension professor of entomology, commercial beekeeper, and crop consultant for the native grass and wildflower seed industry. Eric is also the author of Attracting Native Pollinators (Storey, 2011) and Farming with Beneficial Insects: Strategies for Ecological Pest Management (Storey, 2014). In addition to his professional work with Xerces, Eric farms native plants on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound, selling native grass and wildflower seed through Northwest Meadowscapes, a company serving Washington and Oregon (


Good Bugs vs Bad Bugs: Maximizing Safe, Beneficial Pest Control in Your Garden

Native beneficial insects that attack plant pests are an invaluable but overlooked resource. Vast numbers of such insects are at work in our gardens, but few of us know much about them, or how to use them for pest control. Learn how to integrate beneficial insects into your garden or urban farm for truly natural pest control as Mother Nature intended—without the use of chemicals. This seminar presents the science in clear plain language, fun anecdotes and amazing original photography.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

GARDEN 101: Gardening for Pollinators

Native Pollinators and the Plants They Need

Pollinators are essential to our environment, necessary for the reproduction of 85% of the world’s plant species and essential to our food supply. Now populations of common pollinators have declined by 90% in the past two decades. Join National Wildlife Federation’s naturalist David Mizejewski, Xerces Society’s Eric Lee- Mäder and author/designer Kate Frey as they share the essential practices and best plants every gardener should use to support the declining populations of pollinators. You CAN make a difference for them right in your own garden.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow