NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Experts from across the U.S. will converge May 5 through 7 at the Nacogdoches Exposition Center, located at 3805 Northwest Stallings Drive, as SFA Gardens welcomes the 2017 Texas Pollinator PowWow.

This year's event will focus on biodiversity and the many ways pollinators, plants and humans depend on one another for survival.

"It's really an amazing opportunity to have such renowned experts all in one place," said Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens research associate.

Presenters include Dr. Christopher Comer, associate professor of wildlife in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; Dr. Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International; Cliff Shackleford, state non-game ornithologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; David Wolfe, director of conservation strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund; and Dr. Doug Tallamy, professor of entomology at the University of Delaware.

While registration is required to attend lectures and field events, access to the event exhibition hall is free.

The Texas Pollinator PowWow is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide education, resources and networking opportunities to empower natural resource professionals and communities to protect pollinators and their habitats.

Registration information is available at Online registration closes Wednesday, April 26. For more information, contact Stover at or (936) 468-4404.