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:

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!

Upcoming Events

Land Stewardship for Pollinator Conservation – Galloway, NJ

July 27, 2016
3:50 PM - 5:10 PM (subject to change - check registration page for updated information)
Stockton University
Galloway, NJ

Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society for her talk, "Land Stewardship for Pollinator Conservation", at the Eastern Apiculture Society Conference. The week will be filled with educational talks and workshops, scores of national and local vendors, bee olympics, honey show competitions, hands-on bee demonstrations, mead and candle-making, a tour of a large beekeeping operation, and so much more.

Click here for more information and to register.

Pollinator Habitat Assessment Workshop – Goshen, NH

July 28th, 2016
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Gunnison Brook
Goshen, NH

Join Jarrod Fowler of the Xerces Society, in collaboration with NHACD and NRCS, for this free pollinator habitat assessment workshop.

Contact Jarrod Fowler for more information.

Enhancing On-Farm Pollinator Habitat Workshop – Tripoli, IA

August 20th, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Bremer County Extension Building
Tripoli, IA

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society and Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) for a full-day workshop and field tour focused on how to evaluate and enhance pollinator habitat on a diversity of Iowa farms. In the morning, Sarah will lead the classroom portion of the workshop at the extension office. After lunch, the group will caravan to two area farms to get involved in pollinator habitat planning: Genuine Faux Farm (vegetables and poultry) and Steve Schmidt Farm (corn, soy, and hay). Registration is free for PFI members; $40 for non-members. Registration is required by Aug. 13th.

For more information and to register, contact Liz Kolbe or Lauren Zastrow at (515) 232-5661 or lauren@practicalfarmers.org.

Bee Friendly to Bees Day – Greensboro, NC

August 20, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
NC Cooperative Extension
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society and Olav Rueppell’s bee lab members from UNC Greensboro to learn more about the diversity of bees in North Carolina and research ongoing in the Rueppell Lab. We’ll have displays with native bees, an observation hive, and information about how to support pollinators by protecting or planting habitat.

Click here for more information.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Pueblo, CO

*RESCHEDULED*
August 23, 2016 (new date)
Southeast Colorado Water Conservancy District
Pueblo, 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.

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.

Click here for more information and to register.

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.

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.

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.

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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!