Pollinator Conservation

Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of over 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species. The United States alone grows more than one hundred crops that either need or benefit from pollinators, and the economic value of these native pollinators is estimated at $3 billion per year in the U.S. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems. Fruits and seeds derived from insect pollination are a major part of the diet of approximately 25 percent of all birds, and of mammals ranging from red-backed voles to grizzly bears. In many places, the essential service of pollination is at risk from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases.

Learn About Your Landscape:

Find conservation information specific to your area of care.

Take Action

Bring Back the Pollinators

Sign the pledge and take action to help protect pollinators and their essential habitats! Bring Back the Pollinators is based on four simple principles that can be implemented in any landscape. Learn more.

Pollinator Conservation Resource Center

The Pollinator Conservation Resource Center is where you can find regional information about plant lists, habitat conservation guides, and more. Learn more.

Attracting Native Pollinators

The Xerces Society’s comprehensive book, reflecting the latest understanding about creating and managing pollinator habitat. Learn more.

Our Work

Check out some of the work our pollinator conservation team has been doing! For even more information, please see our 2013 Pollinator Program Report.

Upcoming Events

Farms, Forests and Rivers: Sustaining Our Way of Life – Augusta, NJ

January 28, 2015, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sussex County Fairgrounds Augusta, NJ At this full-day free workshop, farmers, landowners, municipalities and community leaders will come together to discuss innovative solutions for the many pressing issues affecting the water and lands that play a major role in healthy landscapes, local economies, and quality of life in the region. Click here for more information and to register.

Bringing Back the Pollinators – Portland, OR

Monday, February 9, 2015, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Urban Ecology and Conservation Symposium
Portland, OR
Xerces' Executive Director Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, describe what groups of insects provide pollination services, and outline successful strategies to provide habitat for pollinators. He will also discuss how each and every one of us can play an important role in pollinator conservation.

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Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – La Crosse, WI

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:30AM - 5:00PM
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
La Crosse, WI

Beneficial insects—both predators of crop pests and pollinators—are often the undervalued allies of farmers. Learn about these diverse insects and practical approaches to enhance their populations on your farm.

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Planting for Beneficial Insects and Native Pollinators – Doylestown, PA

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2015 Land Ethics Symposium
Delaware Valley College
Doylestown, PA

Open to all professionals and property owners with an interest in sustainable design and land management, the Land Ethics Symposium features relevant and thought-provoking presentations by regional and national experts. Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society will be presenting on the topic of planting for native beneficial insects and pollinators.

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Native Habitat for Pollinators: Focus on Native Bees – Washington DC

March 28, 2015
Lahr Symposium
U.S. National Arboretum
Washington DC

Our abundant harvests and varied landscapes depend on bees and many other pollinators. Join Nancy Adamson to learn about our diverse native bees, their habitat needs, and native plants you can grow to support them.

More information coming soon.


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Learn About Your Landscape:
Take Action!
Sign the Pledge!

Sign the pledge and take action to help protect pollinators and their essential habitats! Learn more.

Pollinator Conservation Resource Center

The Resource Center is where you can find regional information about plant lists, habitat conservation guides, and more. Learn more.

Pollinator Conservation Seed Mixes

Our partners in the native seed industry are offering specially designed, Xerces-approved wildflower seed mixes. Learn more.

Plant Milkweed Seed!

Milkweeds support monarch butterflies, native bees, honey bees, and other beneficial insects. Search for sources of milkweed seed now!

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