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

Beneficial Insect Habitat Planning – Pacific Grove, CA

Friday, January 23, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
EcoFarm 2015
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

Jessa Kay Cruz of the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation program will be offering office hours to assist farmers in planning their own pollinator and beneficial insect habitat restoration projects, and in accessing USDA conservation programs for financial assistance. The Xerces Society is offering several in-depth and general session workshops at EcoFarm, and this service will give attendees a chance to receive more intensive one-on-one advice. Bring maps of your farm, aerial photos, existing conservation plans and your questions!

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Farming for Beneficial Insects – Lincroft, NJ

Sunday, January 25, 2015
25th Anniversary Winter Food & Agricultural Conference
Warner Student Life Center, Brookdale Community College
Lincroft, NJ

Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society at the 25th Anniversary Winter Food & Agricultural Conference for a 90-minute workshop on Farming for Beneficial Insects during the Beginning Farmer Track. Open to beginning and experienced farmers!

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Keeping Your Pollinators Happy – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Monday, January 26, 2015, 2:30 - 3:00 PM
Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
The Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Join the Xerces Society’s Sarah Foltz Jordan to discover how to keep to conserve and support pollinators in your fruit orchard, during the annual Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference. More details coming soon!

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Farming with Bees & Other Native Beneficial Insects – Shelby, NC

Monday, January 26, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cleveland County Office Building Auditorium
130 South Post Rd.
Shelby, NC

Join Nancy Adamson for a program highlighting the importance of native bees in fruit and vegetable pollination. Learn about common bees pollinating crops and ways to support bees (including honey bees) and other beneficial insects (predators and parasitoids of crop pests) on farms and in home gardens. To learn more, e-mail Nancy@xerces.org or phone 336-370-3443

Free and open to the public. Please register by calling Annie Thompson at 704-482-4365.

Creating Farm Conditions for Healthy Pollinators – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 9:15 - 9:45 AM
Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
The Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Join the Xerces Society's Sarah Foltz Jordan to discover how to create the right conditions on your farm to conserve and support pollinators, during the annual Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference. More details coming soon!

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Pollinators and Pollination Workshop – Hershey, PA

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2015 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention
Hershey, PA

Join Mace Vaughan of the Xerces Society for a workshop on Pollinators and Pollination, where he will cover the topic of Government Conservation Programs for Pollinators. For the complete list of topics in this session see the Convention Program.

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Conservation Biological Control: Habitat Management to Control Pests – Webinar

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 2:00 PM EST
Webinar offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

In this webinar, we will focus on the ecology of native beneficial insects and how to increase their numbers on your farm through simple conservation strategies. Learn how to recognize these insects and their habitat, and how to evaluate, design, and improve habitat for them.

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Farms, Forests and Rivers: Sustaining Our Way of Life – Augusta, NJ

January 28, 2015, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sussex County Fairgrounds Augusta, NJ At this full-day free workshop, farmers, landowners, municipalities and community leaders will come together to discuss innovative solutions for the many pressing issues affecting the water and lands that play a major role in healthy landscapes, local economies, and quality of life in the region. Click here for more information and to register.

Bringing Back the Pollinators – Portland, OR

Monday, February 9, 2015, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Urban Ecology and Conservation Symposium
Portland, OR
Xerces' Executive Director Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, describe what groups of insects provide pollination services, and outline successful strategies to provide habitat for pollinators. He will also discuss how each and every one of us can play an important role in pollinator conservation.

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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.)

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Planting for Beneficial Insects and Native Pollinators – Doylestown, PA

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2015 Land Ethics Symposium
Delaware Valley College
Doylestown, PA

Open to all professionals and property owners with an interest in sustainable design and land management, the Land Ethics Symposium features relevant and thought-provoking presentations by regional and national experts. Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society will be presenting on the topic of planting for native beneficial insects and pollinators.

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Native Habitat for Pollinators: Focus on Native Bees – Washington DC

March 28, 2015
Lahr Symposium
U.S. National Arboretum
Washington DC

Our abundant harvests and varied landscapes depend on bees and many other pollinators. Join Nancy Adamson to learn about our diverse native bees, their habitat needs, and native plants you can grow to support them.

More information coming soon.

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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!

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