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:

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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

Bumble Bees of Minnesota – Brainerd, MN

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 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? Join Sarah Foltz Jordan, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, and Elaine Evans, University of Minnesota/ Conservation Consultant, for a workshop on bumble bee identification, biology, habitat needs, and conservation status. 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.

Click here for more information. Please RSVP to the Arboretum by phone 218-829-8770 or email. Click here to download the event flyer.

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Boone, IA

Friday, August 21, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
ISU Field Extension Education Lab (FEEL)
Boone, IA

This full-day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to pest management strategies that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for insecticides. This strategy is based upon ongoing research that continues to demonstrate a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens.

Click here for more information and to register.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Corning, NY

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Big Flats Plant Material Center Corning, NY This full-day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to pest management strategies that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for insecticides. This strategy is based upon ongoing research that continues to demonstrate a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens. Click here for more information and to register.

Enhancing Diversity to Support Pollinators: Focus on Bees – Jamestown, NC

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7:00 PM
Sedgefield Garden Club
Griffin Recreation Center
Jamestown, NC

Looking for ways to better support bees and other pollinators? Join Nancy Adamson, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, to learn how natural habitat and planting native plants benefits not only our most important agricultural pollinators, bees, but lots of other beneficial insects and other wildlife.

Free and open to the public, but please register by September 8th due to limited space via email or phone at 336-420-5926.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Kingston, RI

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
University of Rhode Island East Farm
Kingston, RI

This full-day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to pest management strategies that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for insecticides. This strategy is based upon ongoing research that continues to demonstrate a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens.
Click here for more information and to register.

ASAP’s Farm Tour – Black Mountain, NC

Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, 2015
Hop'n Blueberry Farm and other participating farms
Black Mountain, NC and locations throughout Western North Carolina

Join Van Burnette of Hop’n Blueberry Farm and Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society on ASAP’s annual Farm Tour. Along with blueberries and hops, Van also raises butterflies, tags monarchs, and teaches about pollinator conservation. Nancy will talk about the diverse native meadow and hedgerows installed with help from Xerces and the NRCS to expand Van’s pollinator and other wildlife habitat. Click here for more about Van’s farm.

Purchase Farm Tour Passes from ASAP.

Expanding the Availability of Regionally Native Seeds – Webinar

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern
Conservation of Natural Resources Webinars
Online

As efforts to enhance the diversity of habitat plantings expand, so does interest in obtaining additional species of locally common plants and local ecotype seeds. Join Nancy, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, and others for a discussion of various efforts NRCS and other organizations are involved in to increase the availability of locally appropriate plant seeds.

Click here for more information.

Common Native Bees of North Carolina – Pittsboro, NC

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Chatham County Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting
Agricultural Building Auditorium
Pittsboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, to learn about the common native bees that nest under our feet and within tiny cavities wherever they can find them. Once you start to look for them, you’ll find them all around us, collecting nectar and pollen from our native perennials, shrubs, and trees, from common weeds, and ensuring an abundant harvest of our tastiest crops. This program will also highlight ways to support native bees and honey bees through habitat enhancement.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Moya Hallstein at (859) 492-1486.

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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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