Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of over 85 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.
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.
Check out some of the work our pollinator conservation team has been doing! For even more information, please see our 2013 Pollinator Program Report.
Entomology 2014 – Portland, ORSunday, November 16 - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Oregon Convention Center
Join the Xerces Society at the Entomological Society of America's Annual Meeting for a rare opportunity to hear Xerces Society conservationists during Symposia on diverse topics of interest, including pollinator conservation and endangered species.
Click here for the list of topics and speakers, or visit Entomology 2014 to register online.
Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Melfa, VAThursday, November 20, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Eastern Shore Community College
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.
EcoFarm 2015 – Pacific Grove, CAWednesday, January 21 - Friday, January 23, 2015
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA
EcoFarm 2015 participants are invited to take advantage of free, individual consulting sessions offered by Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation biologists. This service will assist farmers in planning their own pollinator and beneficial insect habitat restoration projects, and in accessing USDA conservation programs for financial assistance.
Contact Jessa Cruz for more information or to reserve a time slot.
How to Promote Pollinators on Farms – Wisconsin Dells, WITuesday, January 27, 2015
Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
The Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Join Sarah Foltz Jordan to discover how to conserve and support pollinators on your farm or orchard during the annual Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference. Details coming soon!
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MOSES Organic Farming Conference – La Crosse, WIThursday, February 26 - Saturday, February 28, 2015
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, WI
Join the Xerces Society at the 26th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Details coming soon! (Registration opens on November, 28, 2014.)
Click here for more information.