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 2016 Bring Back the Pollinators 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

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.

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Pollinators in Our Communities – Auburn, AL

December 12th, 2016
Alabama Bee Workshop - Auburn University
Auburn, AL

Join Dr. Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society and Dr. Blair Sampson of ARS to open the Bee Biodiversity Initiative’s Alabama Bee Workshop (Dec. 12 - 14). The program highlights the importance of pollinators in agriculture and ecosystems, pollinator health and diversity, some of the most agriculturally important pollinators of the southeast, and Farm Bill programs that support pollinator habitat conservation and establishment.

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Farming With Beneficial Insects for Pest Control – Indianapolis, IN

December 16th, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Natural Resources Conservation Service State Office
Indianapolis, IN

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 Thelma Heidel-Baker, Conservation Biocontrol Specialist at the Xerces Society, as she overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.

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Farming With Beneficial Insects for Pest Control – Hot Springs, VA

January 9th, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
The Homestead Resort
Hot Springs, VA

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, Conservation Biocontrol Specialist, and Nancy Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, from the Xerces Society as they overview conservation biological control and provide guidance on creating farm habitat to support those beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. 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. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

This course is offered as a pre-conference workshop for the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) Conference.

Click here for more information and to register (conference registration is not required to attend this course).

Enhancing Farm Diversity to Support Pollinators, Predators, and Parasitoids – Hot Springs, VA

January 10th - 11th, 2017
The Homestead Resort
Hot Springs, VA

Visit Nancy Lee Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist from the Xerces Society, at the Xerces Society/NRCS booth during this conference. On January 10th, from 9-10:30 AM, Nancy will present on some of our smaller farm heroes – the most common types of bees, wasps, flies, beetles, and other wildlife that help ensure healthy harvests. Her presentation will highlight habitat needs (food and shelter) of pollinators, predators, and parasitoids, farming practices that support them, and Farm Bill programs to enhance diversity on farms.

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Bringing Bees, Butterflies and Beauty into Gardens and Landscapes – Greensboro, NC

January 17, 2017
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Green & Growin' Conference and Expo, Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons
Greensboro, NC

Want to better support the bees and other wildlife that help ensure abundant harvests, keep our ecosystems healthy and enrich our communities? Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to learn a little more about the benefits of diversity, best management practices to support pollinators and plants that add pollinator value and beauty to landscapes.

Nancy will also have a table during the expo, which runs the 19th and 20th.

Click here for more information and to register.

Managing Farms and Creating Habitat to Support Conservation Biological Control – Portland, OR

February 3rd, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Organicology Conference - Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
Portland, OR

Join Eric Mader and Thelma Heidel-Baker at the Organicology conference as they present a two-hour workshop on supporting conservation biocontrol on organic farms. In this workshop, they will provide a brief overview of beneficial insect ecology, general concepts for balancing the needs of beneficial insects with farm practices, and specific best management practices that minimize land-use and crop-management impacts on beneficial insects. They will also provide detailed information on organic-approved techniques for creating habitat features that support the beneficial insects providing pest control.

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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!