Pollinator Conservation

Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of nearly 70 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 Conservation Short Course – Poteau, OK

Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CDT
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Poteau, OK

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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Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Cutchogue, NY

Friday, May 9, 2014
9:00 am - 4:30 pm, EDT
Bedell Cellars
Cutchogue, NY

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.

Click here for more information or to register online.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Virginia Beach, VA

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Extension Center
Virginia Beach, VA

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.

Click here for more information or to register online.

Pollinator Conservation for Small Farms and Gardens – Hudson, NY

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, EDT
Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center
Hudson, NY

Pollinators, which include bees, butterflies, and other insects are essential to our environment. One in three mouthfuls of food and drink we consume comes from pollinated fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Biologists from the Xerces Society will teach you ways to attract native pollinators to your orchard, farm, or garden.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Acra, NY

Thursday, May 22, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm, EDT
Cornell Cooperative Extension Agroforestry Center
Acra, NY

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.

Click here for more information or to register online.

Beneficial Insects in the Garden – Hillsborough, NJ

Saturday, May 24, 2014
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
Duke Farms
Hillsborough, NJ

Learn about beneficial insects in your garden. This program will include an indoor training session that introduces beneficial insects (pollinators and natural enemies of insect pests), the ecosystem services they provide, and methods of conservation. Participants will also gain hands-on experience during the outdoor component including identifying beneficial insects and the plants they are visiting in the community garden.

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Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Blackstone, VA

Thursday, May 29, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research & Extension Center
Blackstone, VA

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.

Click here for more information or to register online.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Columbia, SC

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Clemson University Sandhill Research & Education Center
Columbia, SC

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.

More information coming soon!

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Hillsborough, NJ

Friday, June 20, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
Duke Farms
Hillsborough, NJ

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.

More information coming soon!

Getting to Know Your Native Bees – Hillsborough, NJ

Saturday, July 12, 2014
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Duke Farms
Hillsborough, NJ

The honey bee is easily recognized as an important pollinator. However, North America is home to more than 4,000 species of native bees. .This event includes indoor and outdoor training components on recognizing native bees and their habitat. During this event, participants will attend an indoor training session that introduces native bees of New Jersey, the ecosystem services they provide, and methods of conservation. Participants will also gain hands-on experience identifying bees visiting flowering plants during a tour of Duke Farm’s restored meadows.

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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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