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

Check out some of the work our pollinator conservation team has been doing!


Upcoming Events

Newest Research on the Value of Habitat for Pest Management – Webinar

May 25th, 2016
2:00 PM EDT
www.conservationwebinars.net

Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, Ph.D., Integrated Pest Management Specialist for the Xerces Society, for this webinar to learn about the benefits of creating on-farm habitat to support conservation biological control. The webinar will emphasize the most current scientific research on enhancing native beneficial insects and why maintaining habitat is so critical to these insects. Learn how adding diversity into agricultural cropland can provide the basic requirements to support these insects and how other farm management practices may have an impact.

Click here for more information and to register.

Planting Wildflowers to Support Pollinators in Florida Blueberries Field Day – Hawthorne, FL

May 26th, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Island Grove Ag Products
Hawthorne, FL

Join researchers from the University of Florida and Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist Emily May for this evening workshop at Island Grove Ag Products south of Hawthorne, FL. Topics will include the major pollinators of Florida blueberries, bee ecology and resource needs, how to successfully establish wildflower habitat for pollinators, using alternative managed bees for blueberry pollination, and minimizing pesticide risk to pollinators. This event is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information and to register.

Linking Pollinator and Water Quality Conservation on the Farm – Stillwater, MN

June 1st, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Washington County Water Consortium Meeting, Government Center
Stillwater, MN

Please join the Xerces Society's Plant Ecologist, Jim Eckberg, and other technical experts, planners, and managers in the county for this forum on water resources. Participants meet to collaborate and share information regarding water resources and create efficiency in water management. Jim's talk will address pollinator and water quality as two of the most significant conservation challenges for most farms. He will discuss how to design conservation plantings to help meet both of these objectives, as well as the identity, importance, and conservation status of pollinators and other beneficial insects.

For more information and to register, contact Tara Kline: (651)330-8220 ext. 28

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Enumclaw, WA

June 3rd, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Green River College
Enumclaw, WA

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. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying beneficial insects and their habitat.

Click here for more information and to register.

A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee – Portland, OR

June 3rd, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ecotrust Building
Portland, OR

From forests to farms, pollinators – bees, butterflies, birds, and others – play an important role in sustaining natural systems of all kinds. While national attention around the decline of bee populations has largely been focused on domesticated honey bees, our native species are often overlooked. This film takes a look at one of our most imperiled bumble bees, and explores the chances for its survival.

In partnership with Ecotrust, the Xerces Society is honored to host the Portland premier of "A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee," a film produced by National Geographic filmmaker Neil\Losin (Day’s Edge Productions) and natural history photographer Clay Bolt (Clay Bolt Photography).
See the trailer at www.rustypatched.com

The film will be followed by a panel discussion to explore bumble bee and pollinator conservation with a multitude of perspectives from urban policy and pesticides to agricultural lands and natural areas management.

Click here for more information and to register.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Woodinville, WA

June 4th, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
21 Acres Farm
Woodinville, WA

This full day workshop will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat.

Click here for more information and to register.

Urban Pollinators – Seattle, WA

June 5th, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
UW Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom
Seattle, WA

Create an oasis for struggling native pollinators! Join the Xerces Society at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture for a half-day workshop about building a place for native bees and butterflies all while beautifying your garden. This event is free, but we ask that you register in advance.

Click here for more information and to register.

Using Hedgerows to Attract ‘Good Bugs’ onto Your Farm – Colusa County, CA

June 9th, 2016
9:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Olam Ranch
Colusa County, CA (between the towns of Arbuckle and Williams)

Interested in reducing the need for insecticides and improving crop yields? Join other conservation-focused farmers at this free 1⁄2-day workshop and learn how hedgerows can attract and sustain beneficial insects on your farm. The event features a tour of a mile-long insectary and pollinator hedgerow, and will highlight the latest research linking habitat with beneficial insects and crop-resiliency. Speakers include conservation professionals and researchers from The Xerces Society, UC Cooperative Extension Services, UC Berkeley, Park’s Organics and more. *1 Hour Continuing Education Credit Available*

Click here for more information.

Bumble Bees, Monarchs and More: How We Can All Help Bring Back the Pollinators – Telluride, CO

June 13th, 2016
6:00 PM
Wilkinson Library Program Room
Telluride, CO

Monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 80 percent and many species of bumble bees are at risk of extinction. Loss of habitat, widespread use of pesticides, climate change, and disease and parasites are among the leading causes of these declines.

Although the situation is dire we have the ability as individuals and as a society to make changes that will help these important animals. A wide range of places offer opportunities for native pollinator conservation, including parks and open spaces, urban and suburban yards, working farms and rangelands, road and power line rights-of-way, and state and federal lands.

Xerces Society's Executive Director Scott Black will discuss the latest science on pollinators, their importance and decline, and what we can all do to help. Event is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Urbana, IL

June 14th, 2016
9:00 AM -4:00 PM
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

Join Xerces Society's Integrated Pest Management Specialist Thelma Heidel-Baker, and other experts for this full-day course on conservation biological control – a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control.

Click here more information and to register.

Promoting On-Farm Pollinators – Champaign, IL

June 14th, 2016
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
Champaign, IL

This workshop will show you how you can create and enhance pollinator habitat on your farm, from the perspectives of Thelma Heidel-Baker, IPM Specialist with the Xerces Society, and Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband, owners of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery who have been fostering pollinators on their farm for over a decade. Pollinators are essential to farming and ecosystem health. Bees, butterflies, bats, birds, and more all play a part. With the ongoing loss of pollinator habitat, it is important for conscientious landowners and managers to protect and enhance this habitat. Bringing pollinators back to the landscape is not only beneficial to our prairie ecosystem, but can also benefit the farm's bottom line. Learn what it takes to bring these pollinators back and the tools and resources available to help accomplish this on your farm.

Click here for more information and to register.

Bumble Bees, Monarchs and More: How We Can All Help Bring Back the Pollinators – Norwood, CO

June 14th, 2016
7:00 PM
The Livery
Norwood, CO

Monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 80 percent and many species of bumble bees are at risk of extinction. Loss of habitat, widespread use of pesticides, climate change, and disease and parasites are among the leading causes of these declines.

Although the situation is dire we have the ability as individuals and as a society to make changes that will help these important animals. A wide range of places offer opportunities for native pollinator conservation, including parks and open spaces, urban and suburban yards, working farms and rangelands, road and power line rights-of-way, and state and federal lands.

Xerces Society's Executive Director Scott Black will discuss the latest science on pollinators, their importance and decline, and what we can all do to help. Event is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

Managing for Native Pollinators – Enfield, NH

June 15th, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Enfield Shaker Museum
Enfield, NH

Join Xerces Society's Pollinator and Conservation Biocontrol Specialist, Jarrod Fowler, and other experts for a series of indoor presentations, followed by an outdoor field session at NH Fish & Game’s Lower Shaker Wildlife Management Area. Grasslands and meadows are rare habitats in New Hampshire, and many of the wildlife species that depend on them have declined significantly over the last several decades. Learn about the maintenance required to create or maintain these habitats.

Click here for more information and to register.

Pollination and Cover Cropping in Pennsylvania Pumpkins Field Day – Bloomsburg, PA

June 16th, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:009 PM
McDowell Field, Brian Campbell Farms
Bloomsburg, PA

Join speakers from Pennsylvania State University, USDA-NRCS, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and Brian Campbell Farms for a half-day workshop on PA pumpkin pollinators and how to support them through cover cropping and integrated pest and pollinator management. Topics include the major pollinators of Pennsylvania pumpkins; an overview of cover cropping in pumpkins, cover cropping for pollinators, equipment for no-till cover cropping, and cost-share options for pollinator habitat; and pest and disease management for pumpkins. This workshop will be held at the McDowell field operated by Brian Campbell Farms outside of Bloomsburg, PA. There is no fee to attend this field day; however, pre-registration is requested.

Click here for more information and to register.

Benefits of Pollinator Habitat for Farm Production: Improving Yields and Reducing Pest Populations – Louisburg, NC

June 16th, 2016
7:00 PM
Vance Granville Community College Franklin County Campus
Louisburg, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society and the Franklin County Small Farm Association to learn how pollinator habitat can help improve crop yield and quality, while also supporting natural enemies of crop pests to reduce pest populations. A $5 registration is required for the "Eat & Greet" at 6:30 PM. The main program begins at 7:00 PM and is free of charge.

Contact Rebecca Larkin-Martinez at fortclux@gmail.com or 919-723-8657 for more information and to register.

Meet the Pollinators! – Asheville, NC

Saturday, June 18th, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Audubon Sanctuary at Beaver Lake
Asheville, NC

Meet the Pollinators! Guided Pollinator Walk with environmental educator and monarch specialist Kim Bailey, bee biologist Dr. Nancy Lee Adamson, & Bee City USA Pollinator Projects Coordinator Sarah Coury. Free and family friendly!

Click here for more information.

Birds, Butterflies, Bees & Blooms – Research Triangle Park, NC

June 22nd, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
RTP Headquarters
Research Triangle Park, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society, Brett Moule of NC Natural Resources Conservation, along with many local environmental organizations in Research Triangle Park for a fun afternoon celebrating pollinators and the opening of a new pollinator garden.

Make a day of it by joining Nancy at another Research Triangle Park event afterwards!

Click here for more information and to register.

Wild Ideas for Birds and Bees Expo – Durham, NC

June 22nd, 2016
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Free food & drink from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
The Frontier
Research Triangle Park, NC

Triangle Land Conservancy’s Wild Ideas series provides a unique venue for experts and the community to share their innovative ideas to safeguard clean water, protect natural habitats, support local farms and food, and connect people with nature in order to make the Triangle a more vibrant place for all of us to live, work, and play. Join Nancy Lee Adamson of the Xerces Society as part of the Expo portion of the event.

Make a day of it by joining Nancy at another Research Triangle Park event beforehand!

Click here for more information and to register.

Native Meadow and Hedgerow Pollinator Plantings for ASAP’s Farm Tour – Black Mountain, NC

June 25th - 26th, 2016
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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 for  Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s (ASAP) 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 information and here to register.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Crafsbury Common, VT

June 27th, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sterling College, Simpson Hall
Crafsbury Common, VT

In this workshop lead by Jarrod Fowler of the Xerces Society you will learning about the best management practices that minimize land-use impacts on pollinators, how to assess pollinator habitat and how to increase and enhance pollinator diversity on the land. The workshop will also address the economic impact of conservation of invertebrates and introduce several avenues for technical and financial support for habitat creation. It will also review current Farm Bill pollinator conservation provisions and how to implement those provisions through USDA programs such as EQIP, CSP, and CRP.

Click here for more information and to register.

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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!