Pollinator Conservation

Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species. The United States alone grows more than 100 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% 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.

To learn more about the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program, please click here to download a summary of our work. For even more information, please see our 2014 Pollinator Program Report.

Learn About Your Landscape:

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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!

Upcoming Events

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Lamar, CO

*RESCHEDULED*
August 24, 2016 (new date)
Lamar County Fairgrounds (Home Economics Building)
Lamar, CO

This full day workshop will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and identify practices such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.

Click here for more information and to register.

Knee Deep in Prairies – Native Pollinators – Saukville, WI

August 26th, 2016
1:10 PM - 3:20 PM
Saukville, WI

Learn how prairies and our native wildflowers play a critical role in protecting beneficial insects such as pollinators. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker in this Breakout Session as she talks about protecting beneficial insects at the Knee Deep in Prairies event at the Riveredge Nature Center. This workshop will cover the challenges being faced by pollinators and other beneficial insects and outline steps you can take to conserve these vital insects and the important ecological services they provide.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Oakville, CA

August 30th, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Oakville Experimental Vineyard
Oakville, CA

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Jessa Kay Cruz (Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist), Thelma Heidel-Baker (Integrated Pest Management Specialist), and Hillary Sardiñas, (Pacific Coast Pollinator Conservation Specialist), of the Xerces Society, as they overview conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Click here for more information and to register.

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Salinas, CA

August 31st, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
County of Monterey Agricultural Center
Salinas, CA

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Jessa Kay Cruz (Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist), Thelma Heidel-Baker (Integrated Pest Management Specialist), and Hillary Sardiñas, (Pacific Coast Pollinator Conservation Specialist), of the Xerces Society, as they overview conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Click here for more information and to register.

MJV Monarch Conservation Webinar: Monarchs and Roadsides

August 31st, 2016
2:00 PM Eastern

This webinar, hosted by Monarch Join Venture, includes presenters Dr. Karen Oberhauser and Kyle Kasten from the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, Jennifer Hopwood from the Xerces Society, and Ken Graeve from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Tremendous amounts of habitat have been lost throughout the monarchs' range, primarily due to development and changing agricultural practices. There are many opportunities to enhance and restore habitat for monarchs and pollinators in marginal areas, such as roadsides. This webinar will include background information on monarchs and pollinators in roadside habitats, key findings from a study of milkweed and monarch surveys along roadsides, and case studies and opportunities for Departments of Transportation.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Landisville, PA

September 7th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Penn State Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center (SEAREC)
Landisville, PA

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Specialist at the Xerces Society, as she overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Click here for more information and to register.

Bee-come a Bee Monitor – Maplewood, MN

September 12th, 2016
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Maplewood, MN

Learn how to distinguish bees from other flower-visiting insects, how to identify honey bees and native bees, and methods for monitoring bees. Workshop will be a mix of classroom learning and hands-on activities, including working with pinned specimens, examining bees in a restored prairie, and practicing the methods for standardized data collection. The training is free for MN Naturalists' Association members ($10 for non-members). Participants will receive our new Citizen Scientist Pollinator Monitoring Guide and other reference materials. Activities will include classroom and outdoor time, so dress appropriately. Bring a bag lunch. This course will be taught by Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society), Elaine Evans (U of MN Bee Lab), and Maplewood Nature Center Staff. Funded by the MN Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF).

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Keene, NH

September 20th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Stonewall Farm
Keene, NH

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Jarrod Fowler, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation & Biocontrol Specialist from the Xerces Society, as he overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Click here for more information and to register.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Westampton, NJ

September 29th, 2016
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Westampton, NJ

This full day workshop, instructed by Kelly Gill, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and identify practices such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.

Click here for more information and to register.

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Carson City, NV

September 30th, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Western Nevada College, Carson City Campus
Carson City, NV

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist of the Xerces Society, as she overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Click here for more information and to register.

Lunchtime Lecture: Monarch Butterflies – A Species of Wonder, a Species in Crisis – San Jose, CA

December 7th, 2016
12:00 PM
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose, CA

Please join Mia Monroe, volunteer with the Xerces Society and local coordinator of the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, for December's Lunchtime Lecture entitled “Monarch Butterflies...A Species of Wonder, a Species in Crisis”. Lunchtime Lectures are included in Museum admission.

Click here for more details.

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Learn About Your Landscape:
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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!