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:

Find conservation information specific to your area of care.

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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

Open House and Watershed Field Day – Lockeford, CA

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Lockeford Plant Materials Center
Lockeford, CA

Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society, for a field day devoted to soil and watershed health. Jessa and Athena Pratt, District Conservationist, will speak about the ecological benefits of pollinator habitat - highlighting PMC Pollinator Plantings establishment, maintenance, and pollinator monitoring.

For more information, to RSVP, or to arrange for any special needs, contact Margaret Smither-Kopperl (209.727.5319 x 102). Click here to view the event announcement.

Celebrating Diversity to Support Pollinators: Focus on Bees – Highlands, NC

Friday, May 8, 2015, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wildflower Whimsy
Highlands Biological Foundation Nature Center
Highlands, NC

Our diverse landscapes and abundant harvests depend on intimate connections between flowers and their pollinators. Nancy Adamson will highlight the pollinators that ensure the beautiful blooms we treasure throughout the growing season and, in turn, provide nectar, pollen, and nesting habitat.

Click here for more information and to register.

Wildflower Walk: Diversity of the Chattooga River – Highlands, NC

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wildflower Whimsy
Highlands Biological Foundation Nature Center
Highlands, NC

Experience a rich diversity of native plants along one of the most diverse river gorges in North America during an educational walk led by Nancy Adamson, Xerces Society and Jennie Stowers, Education Chair of HBF. Participants will walk along the Chattooga Loop Trail and identify native plants in the context of ecological conditions. Moderate.

Click here for more information and to register.

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.

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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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