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!

Upcoming Events

Pollinator Party – Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, July 24, 2014
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lyndale Park Gardens
Minneapolis, MN

Join us for a celebration of the life and work of honey and native bees.

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Bumble Bee Workshop- Brainerd, MN

Sunday, July 27, 2014
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Northland Arboretum
Brainerd, MN

Did you know 18 different bumble bee species make their home in Minnesota, including several species that are in decline? Participants will learn how to survey for bumble bees, how to participate in a bumble bee citizen monitoring project, and how to create habitat for these important animals.

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Monitoring Pollinator Habitat: Counting Bees to Document Restoration Success – Hillsborough, NJ

Thursday, July 31, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Duke Farms, Coach Barn
Hillsborough, NJ

Learn how to distinguish bees from other flower-visiting insects, how to identify honey bees and native bees, and methods for monitoring and collecting data. This training session is designed for NRCS, SWCD, Cooperative Extension, crop consultants, and restoration practitioners.

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Pollinator Workshop for Producers – Booneville, AR

Saturday, August 9, 2014
NRCS Plant Materials Center
Booneville, AR

Join us to learn about Native Pollinator Diversity and Biology, Native Bees and Specialty Crops, Grazing and Pollinator Habitat, Using Farm Bill programs for pollinator habitat in Arkansas, and more! A pollinator habitat walk will be offered prior to these presentations.

More information coming soon!

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Kingston, RI

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island East Farm
Kingston, RI

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.

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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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