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It’s easy to Bring Back the Pollinators with these four simple steps:
Flowers provide the nectar and pollen resources that pollinators feed on. Growing the right flowers, shrubs, and trees with overlapping bloom times will support pollinators from spring through fall.
A home for growing pollinators is essential. You can leave patches of bare ground and brush piles or install nesting blocks, and plant caterpillar host plants.
Pesticides are harmful to pollinators, especially insecticides. Herbicides reduce food sources by removing flowers from the landscape.
For region specific information, visit the Pollinator Conservation Resource Center!
Can you make the commitment to protect pollinators? Sign the Pollinator Protection Pledge and join thousands of others who have pledged to provide habitat and protect pollinators from pesticides. If you have a garden in the United States, it will also be automatically added to the National Pollinator Garden Network – a part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.
Taking Next Steps
Xerces’ most recent book, Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies, is available to purchase from our website. The book is published in 2011 by Storey Publishing, North Adams, Massachusetts. Attracting Native Pollinators is coauthored by four Xerces Society staff members Eric Mader, Matthew Shepherd, Mace Vaughan, and Scott Black in collaboration with Gretchen LeBuhn. Read more.
We need your help! Bumble bees are in decline across the country. Help scientists track and conserve North American bumble bees by participating in this citizen science project. Visit Bumblebeewatch.org.
Cascadian Farm is helping to highlight how to get involved and make a difference. Through the Bee Friendlier program they are asking everyone to help increase habitat for bees and other pollinators by planting wildflowers to help them thrive. Visit Bee-Friendlier.com.
Pollinator Conservation Seed Mixes
Xerces Society scientists worked with native seed companies across the U.S. to design wildflower seed mixes that provide foraging and nesting resources for a diversity of pollinators. Read more.