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 2016 Bring Back the Pollinators 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

Bats, Bees & Butterflies: Pollinator Day at SciWorks – Winston-Salem, NC

September 24th, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
SciWorks
Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Nancy Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist for The Xerces Society, will give a presentation about the benefits of attracting pollinators followed by a tour of SciWorks’ native gardens. She will provide valuable information about common pollinators (with a focus on bees), their habitat needs, and plants that support pollinators and other wildlife.
This program is appropriate for Master Gardeners, backyard garden enthusiasts, and educators. Plants, seeds, and educational materials will be provided to participants. Continuing Education credit for Environmental Education Certification is available.

Pre-registration is required for free admission to the workshop. Contact Kelli Isenhour at (336) 714-7106 or kisenhour@sciworks.org

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Westampton, NJ

September 29th, 2016
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Westampton, NJ

This full day workshop, instructed by Kelly Gill, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, 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 identify practices such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.

*COURSE FULL*

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Carson City, NV

September 30th, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Western Nevada College, Carson City Campus
Carson City, NV

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. 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 pesticides. Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist of the Xerces Society, as she overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Click here for more information and to register.

Native Bees of Georgia – Brunswick, GA

October 13th, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
University of Georgia, Marine Extension
Brunswick, GA

This workshop will be hosted by EcoScapes program manager Keren Giovengo. She will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Nancy Lee Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Dr. Adamson’s presentation, “Common Bees of Georgia,” will provide valuable information about the importance of pollinators, native bee diversity, common bees of Georgia, and planting for pollinators. Following the presentation, participants will tour the EcoScapes native plant demonstration garden where they will identify bees and the native plants that they depend upon. Workshop is free but registration is required. Deadline to register is OCtober 10th.

Click here for more information. Contact Keren Giovengo at giovengo@uga.edu or (912) 280-1586 to register.

Pollinator Conservation & Farmscaping – Alma, GA

October 14th, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Bacon County Extension Office - Conference Room
Alma, GA

Pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other insects, are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of more than 85 percent of the world's flowering plants and is fundamental to agriculture and natural ecosystems. Other beneficial insects contribute to farm production and natural pest suppression and potentially save $4.5 billion annually in pesticide costs. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that recognizes the integral role of beneficial insects in natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for insecticides. You will leave with the tools necessary to assess, create, protect, and manage habitat.

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Farming with Beneficial Insects: Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Olivebridge, NY

November 9th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
The Ashokan Center
Olivebridge, NY

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. 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 pesticides. Join Kelly Gill, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist from the Xerces Society, and partners from the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, as they overview conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Check here soon for more information and to register.

Lunchtime Lecture: Monarch Butterflies – A Species of Wonder, a Species in Crisis – San Jose, CA

December 7th, 2016
12:00 PM
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose, CA

Please join Mia Monroe, volunteer with the Xerces Society and local coordinator of the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, for December's Lunchtime Lecture entitled “Monarch Butterflies...A Species of Wonder, a Species in Crisis”. Lunchtime Lectures are included in Museum admission.

Click here for more details.

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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!