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

Farming with Beneficial Insects: Ecological Strategies – Vancouver, WA

Saturday, November 8, 2014
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Re-Imagine Agriculture Conference
Vancouver, WA

Wild beneficial insects are a largely under-harnessed free resource for the control of crop pests, and pollination. The Xerces Society’s Eric Lee-Mader will review the latest practical information on how to attract and sustain populations of these beneficial insects with habitat features like wildflower insectary strips, hedgerows, beetle banks, cover cropping and more.

Click here for more information or to register online.

How Small Farms Can Support Pollinators – Greenville, SC

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s 29th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Greenville, SC

Learn how supporting pollinators and their habitat needs also sustains other agriculturally beneficial arthropods and diverse wildlife with Nancy Adamson. Along with giving one of the “Big Idea Presentations” on Tuesday at 4 p.m., she will be providing pollinator resources and sharing a native bee display in the exhibit area throughout the conference (Sunday, November 9 - Wednesday, November 12, 2014).

Click here for more information or to register online.

Staying on Target: How to Manage Pesticide Use – Ventura, CA

Friday, November 14, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
California Resource Conservation Districts Conference
Ventura, CA

Join the Xerces Society's Jessa Cruz for a one-hour Break Out Session on How to Manage Pesticide Use while Building Conservation Biology into Working Landscapes, during the 69th Annual California Resource Conservation Districts Conference. Jessa will also be available at the conference in the Xerces Society booth to answer questions from Wednesday, November 12 - Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Click here for more information or to register online.

Conservation Practices to Protect Bees on your Property – Mansfield, TX

Saturday, November 15, 2014
2:55 PM – 3:40 PM
The Texas Pollinator PowWow
Mansfield, TX

Anne will provide a set of guidelines for land management practices that enhance and protect bee habitat on your property. These techniques can be applied at the various scales- from a small suburban backyard up to a large ranch acreage and beyond. She will cover how to provide abundant pollinator forage throughout the growing season, how to enhance nesting opportunities for native bees, and how to protect bees from pesticides and other threats on your property.

Click here for more information or to register online.

Entomology 2014 – Portland, OR

Monday - Wednesday, November 17 - 19, 2014
Entomology 2014
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Join the Xerces Society at the Entomological Society of America's Annual Meeting for a rare opportunity to hear Xerces Society conservationists during Symposia on diverse topics of interest, including pollinator conservation and endangered species.

Click here for the list of topics and speakers, or visit Entomology 2014 to register online.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Riverhead, NY

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT
Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District
at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building
Riverhead, NY

Learn how to attract native pollinators to your orchard, farm, or garden! This full day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines, and will equip you with the recipes necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.

Click here for more information or to register online.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Melfa, VA

Thursday, November 20, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Eastern Shore Community College
Melfa, VA

Learn how to attract native pollinators to your orchard, farm, or garden! This full day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines, and will equip you with the recipes necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.

Click here for more information or to register online.

EcoFarm 2015 – Pacific Grove, CA

Wednesday, January 21 - Saturday, January 24, 2015
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

EcoFarm 2015 participants are invited to take advantage of free, individual consulting sessions offered by Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation biologists. This service will assist farmers in planning their own pollinator and beneficial insect habitat restoration projects, and in accessing USDA conservation programs for financial assistance. Jessa will also be available at the conference in the Xerces Society booth to answer questions from Wednesday, January 21 - Saturday, January 24, 2015.

Contact Jessa Cruz for more information or to reserve a time slot.

How to Promote Pollinators on Farms – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
The Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan to discover how to conserve and support pollinators on your farm or orchard during the annual Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Details coming soon!

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MOSES Organic Farming Conference – La Crosse, WI

Thursday, February 26 - Saturday, February 28, 2015
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, WI

Join the Xerces Society at the 26th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Details coming soon! (Registration opens on November, 28, 2014.)

Click here for more information.

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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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