This 2021 Natural Areas Virtual Conference was underwritten by the USDA Forest Service.
Life from the Ashes: Exploring the Impact of Prescribed & Natural Fire on Insects and Other Invertebrates
Ecosystems throughout North America evolved with wildfire. Today, prescribed fire is an important tool for managing habitat by maintaining open, early seral landscapes. Fire can greatly improve the value of habitat for insects and other invertebrates, often increasing species abundance and diversity, however, fire (both natural and prescribed) in the wrong place, at the wrong scale, or at the wrong time can have the opposite effect - negatively impacting invertebrate communities and their habitat.
Life from the Ashes explored the positive and negative impacts of prescribed and natural fire related to insects and other invertebrates in landscapes across North America. The symposium provided research and practical insights to inform natural areas professionals as they manage landscapes with fire.
This program is provided in a collaboration between the Natural Areas Association (NAA) and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (Xerces). NAA serves those dedicated to the management and restoration of biologically important natural areas in North America. Xerces is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. Protecting nature requires reliable science to inform practices on-the-ground and a network of stewards who work tirelessly to protect, manage and restore land and water biodiversity.
The 2021 Natural Areas Conference was cohosted by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Six STEWARDSHIP SHORTS will be highlighted during the Natural Areas Conference, and will play in between live virtual sessions. A link to all STEWARDSHIP SHORTS will be made available for on-demand viewing on the conference website after the live event ends.
STEWARDSHIP SHORTS are brief 3 to 5 minute, pre-recorded video presentations that describe a project, methodology, best practice or challenge related to a natural area(s) and can focus on any area of conservation ecology. These "vlogs" are an opportunity to learn from your colleagues so that they may become a resource to you. Click the link below to watch the NAC21 Stewardship Short collection.
All times Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
11:00am - 11:30am
|Opening Remarks, Announcement of the 2020 and 2021 Fell & Becker Awards
11:30am - 12:15pm
|Life from the Ashes: Exploring the Impact of Prescribed Fire & Natural Fire on Insects and Other Invertebrates
12:15pm - 12:35pm
12:35pm - 1:05pm
|Predicting the Resistance of Plant-Pollinator Assemblages to Fire
1:05pm - 1:35pm
|The Impact of Western Fires on Bumble Bee
1:35pm - 2:05pm
|The Impact of Prescribed Burning on Native Bee Communities (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) in Longleaf Pine Savannas in the North Carolina Sandhills
2:05pm - 2:25pm
2:25pm - 2:55pm
|Prescribed Fire Effects on Rangeland Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae, Aphodiinae) in the Southern Great Plains
2:55pm - 3:25pm
|Ant Community, Diversity, and Seed Interactions in Longleaf Pine Forest Managed with Frequent Fire
3:25pm - 3:55pm
|Using Prescribed Fire and Grazing to Manage for Biodiversity in the Great Plains
3:55pm - 4:15pm
4:15pm - 4:55pm
|Closing Thoughts & Discussion
4:55pm - 5:00pm
5:00pm - 5:30pm
*All programming subject to change.
Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.