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.

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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

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Upcoming Events

Farming for Bees and Beneficials – Williams, CA

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olam Ranch
Williams, CA


Learn how hedgerows can attract pollinators and other beneficial insects onto farms in this 1/2 day workshop. The event features a tour of a mile-long pollinator and insectary hedgerow that includes both shrubs and wildflowers. Speakers include top researchers, agricultural professionals, and local farmers.

Click here for more information.

Farming with Beneficial Insects: Strategies for Organic Pest Control – Kutztown, PA

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Rodale Institute
Kutztown, PA

“Conservation Biological Control” is a strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into crop systems for natural pest control. This strategy is based upon ongoing research that now demonstrates a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens. Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society will provide participants with the latest science-based approaches to conserving and increasing beneficial insects in farms and gardens.

Click here for more information and to register.

Spring Native Pollinator Workshop – Poteau, OK

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Kerr Center
Poteau, OK

Join Anne Stine, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, and the Kerr Center’s David Redhage for a workshop on Oklahoma native pollinators and habitat. Topics will include pollinators and pollinator plants, how to incorporate pollinator habitat into different landscapes, beneficial insects in your garden or farm, and monarch butterfly host and nectar plants.

Click here for more information and to register. Note: register online by May 22, 2015.

Pollinator Dinner – St. Louis, MO

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saint Louis Zoo
St. Louis, MO

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, sit down to a special farm to table dinner to sample the many foods pollinators help provide. Sip mead and honey wine, enjoy a honey tasting, and peruse booths with information and activities related to pollinators.

After a buffet dinner, hear a presentation by Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Conservation Program co-Director for the Xerces Society.

Click here for more information.

Impact of Hedgerows and Wildflower Plantings on Bees – Esparto, CA

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Hedgerows at Historic Stephen's Ranch
Historic Oakdale Ranch
Esparto, CA

Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society, for a workshop on the benefits of hedgerows of California native plants in agricultural landscapes, including enhanced populations of native bees and beneficial insects on farms.

For more information, please contact Laurel Sellers, UCCE Project Manager. Click here to view the event announcement.

Bring Back the Pollinators – Omaha, NE

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7:00 PM
Summer Solsitice Lecture
Lauritzen Gardens
Omaha, NE

Jennifer Hopwood of The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, introduce the insects that provide pollination services in Nebraska, the native plants they rely on, and present straightforward actions that each and every one of us can take to protect and provide habitat for pollinators.

Click here for more information and to register.

Learn how to attract beneficial insects to farms and orchards – Madison, WI

Friday June 19th, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum
Madison, WI

Beneficial insects contribute to natural pest suppression and potentially save $4.5 billion annually in pesticide costs. Yet the contribution of insects that prey upon or parasitize crop pests is largely overlooked. 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 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.
Registration coming soon!

NRCS and Wildlife Habitat in Urban Environments: Linking Farm, School, and Community Agriculture – Webinar

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
Conservation of Natural Resources Webinars
Online

Join Nancy Adamson to learn how NRCS staff and partners are working in urban areas to conserve and create wildlife habitat, while at the same time protecting our watersheds and supporting agricultural production.

Click here for more information.

Save Our Monarchs – Hockessin, DE

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Mt. Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE

Monarch butterfly numbers have declined more than 90% over the past 20 years. Habitat destruction, especially the loss of milkweed, is one of the key factors responsible for this alarming trend. However, each of us can make a difference and help reverse these numbers. Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society as she unlocks the fascinating world of monarchs and shows you how to conserve these iconic butterflies.
This class qualifies for the following professional credits: 2 APLD, 1 DNLA, 3 NOFA

Click here for more information and to register.

Native Meadow Tour: Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens – Cullowhee, NC

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 8:30 AM — 5:30 PM
Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

Join Gary Kauffman, National Forests in North Carolina Botanist, and Nancy Adamson, pollination ecologist with the Xerces Society, for a trek through Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens in the Southern Appalachians highlighting wildlife that native meadows support. Maintained with prescribed fire, the barrens are rich in wildflowers and grasses adapted to the unusual minerals associated with serpentine soils.

Click here for more information and to register.

Bumble Bee Survey at Pilot Knob Hill – Mendota Heights, MN

Friday, July 24, 2015
Pilot Knob Hill
Mendota Heights, MN

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Great River Greening, and Elaine Evans of University of Minnesota Bee Lab for a bumble bee survey designed to monitor pollinator abundance, diversity, and foraging patterns - including searches for the rusty patch bumble bee and other rare Minnesota species. Part of a series, this ongoing monitoring project will help the Xerces Society and Great River Greening evaluate the tie-in between restoration practices and pollinator management.

Register to volunteer through Green River Greening. More information coming soon!

Common Native Bees Slideshow and Garden Foray – Chapel Hill, NC

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
North Carolina Botanical Garden (directions)
Chapel Hill, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, to learn about some of the most common bees visiting flowers and supporting the great diversity of our landscapes. In North Carolina, we have about 500 native species and a few introduced species in addition to the European honey bee. Bumble bees, mason bees, mining or digger bees, sunflower bees, carpenter bees, hibiscus bees, and leafcutter bees are all groups you can easily recognize when you slow down and take a look. Weather permitting, we will visit the garden following a slideshow to see who inhabits the wonderful native plants and plant communities found on the Botanical Garden grounds.

Register by email or phone (919-843-8524). Fee: $15 ($10 for NCBG members).

Learn how to attract beneficial insects to farms and orchards – Farmington, MN

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
NRCS Farmington Field Office
Farmington, MN

Beneficial insects contribute to natural pest suppression and potentially save $4.5 billion annually in pesticide costs. Yet the contribution of insects that prey upon or parasitize crop pests is largely overlooked. 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 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.

Registration coming soon!

Pollinator Party: A Celebration of Bees – Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lyndale Park Gardens
Minneapolis, MN

Buzz over to the Pollinator Party, a celebration of the life and work of honey bees and wild bees, at Lyndale Park Gardens. Bees, honey, games, food and music. Sarah Foltz Jordan, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, will be in attendance at the Xerces Society booth to answer questions and share her expertise.

Click here for more information.

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, 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.

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 of The Xerces Society 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.

Click here for more information.

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 Adamson of Xerces Society 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 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


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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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