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Conference: “Neonics, The New DDT — What You Need to Know About the Pesticides Harming Connecticut’s Birds, Bees, Wildlife & People”


Click here for directions to Trinity College.

At Monday’s Neonics conference, you’ll be able to ask questions using your phone and a simple online platform called Slido.

You’ll be able to connect to it through QR codes in the auditorium.

Or you can use this link:

Ask a question using Slido!

Take a look now. It’s self-explanatory.


The Connecticut Coalition for Pesticide Reform is organizing this conference for advocates, residents, and government officials interested in reducing the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in the state.

The afternoon will feature nationally- and internationally-known speakers and panelists, and discussions about how to work together with government officials to strictly limit the use of neonics.

Date and time: March 11, 2024. Noon to 5 p.m.
Place: McCook Auditorium
Trinity College, Hartford

Click here to see the conference agenda and information about the speakers.

Who should attend?

    1. Residents of Connecticut and elsewhere who want to lower their risk of exposure to this dangerous class of pesticides.
    2. People interested in protecting the state’s birds, butterflies, moths, bees and other wildlife.
    3. Government officials who want to learn about both this environmental threat and their constituents’ concerns.
    4. People who want to work together to convince government officials to strictly limit the use of neonics.


      • Louis Robert, agronomist, neonicotinoid expert, Quebec.
      • John Tooker PhD, Professor of Entomology, Director of Graduate Studies, Pennsylvania State University
      • E. Hardy Kern, Director of Government Relations, Birds and Pesticides Campaign, for the American Bird Conservancy
      • Kathleen Nolan, MD, Senior Research Director for Catskill Mountainkeeper
      • Ann Gadwah, Sierra Club Connecticut
      • Karen Beaulieu, Biologist, New England Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
      • Dina Brewster, organic farmer. Former Executive Director of CT NOFA.
      • Victor DeMasi, Entomology Curatorial Affiliate Yale Peabody Museum.
      • Burt DeMarche, LaurelRock landscaping
      • Rich Harris, East Norwalk Blue
      • Plus speakers from the organizing committee representing Pollinator Pathway, the Connecticut Audubon Society, and others.

Click HERE for a fact sheet on the risks of neonic use.



Organized by the Connecticut Coalition for Pesticide Reform.




Lead organizers: Pollinator Pathway, Rivers Alliance, and the Connecticut Audubon Society.











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Become a sponsor of "Neonics: The New DDT"


Conference organizers encourage you and your organization to become of sponsor of “Neonics: The New DDT.”

Sponsorships cost $250 and help pay for conference expenses. They are a great way to align your organization with the important cause of reducing the use of pesticides in Connecticut.

Sponsors will be recognized at the conference during the introduction and wrap-up. Logos will be displayed on the conference room screen, and included on Connecticut Audubon’s conference webpage and in conference emails sent by Connecticut Audubon. Sponsors will also receive 2 tickets to the conference.







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