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.

Take Action

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

Today’s Horticulture – Kennett Square, PA

February 5th, 2016
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Longwood Gardens Ballroom
Kennett Square, PA

Join Xerces Society's Kelly Gill at this one-day symposium that boasts a diverse lineup of speakers, and features a sale with an eclectic offering of plants and tools. Beneficial insects provide essential services to the ecosystem, including pollination and biological control of insect pests. However, due to habitat loss and widespread pesticide use, these garden beneficials are in decline. Join Kelly as she discusses how to conserve and protect our insect allies.

Click here for more information and to register.

Pollinator Protection & Conventional Farming – Stockton, CA

February 9th, 2016
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Robert J. Cabral Ag. Center
Stockton, CA

Please join the San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner for a series of presentations on pollinator protection and conventional farming. Among the presenters will be Xerces Society Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Jessa Kay Cruz, presenting on native bee crop pollination, conservation, and pesticide mitigation. This event is open to the public.

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Kingston, RI

February 11th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
University of Rhode Island East Farm
Kingston, RI

Join Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialists Kelly Gill and Jarrod Fowler, 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 for more information and to register.

Broad Benefits of Pollinator Habitat – Albemarle, NC

February 11th, 2016
6:00 PM
Stanly County Beekeepers Meeting - First Presbyterian Church
126 W North St.
Albemarle, NC

Please join Nancy Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, at the Stanly County Beekeepers meeting to learn about habitat that benefits honey bees and a huge diversity of native bees (about 500 species in NC) along with lots of other insects that benefit farm production by helping to reduce pest populations. All are welcome.
Potluck dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the program meeting.

For more information, call 704-463-5367 or 704-982-1861.

2016 Midwest Soil Health Summit – Alexandria, MN

February 17-18, 2016
Arrowwood Resort
Alexandria, MN

This Sustainable Farming Association event features leading soil health experts and farmers for two days of education and farmer networking – all geared at improving the health of soil. Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist) and Jim Eckberg (Xerces Plant Ecologist) will be sharing information on habitat enhancement opportunities for pollinators and other beneficial insects on farms.

Click here for more information and to register.

Habitat Conservation Forum – Culpeper, VA

February 24th, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Germanna Community College
Culpeper, VA

Join Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist Nancy Lee Adamson, PhD, at this forum to bring together individuals and representatives from many different backgrounds and organizations, and further the conversation among a variety of stakeholders about the use of native plants in the landscape. Several guest speakers will share their knowledge about the importance of native plants to biodiversity.

Click here for more information and to register.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference – La Crosse, WI

February 25 - 27, 2016
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, WI

Join the Xerces Society at the nation's premier event about organic and sustainable farming. This three day event will include a keynote address by Eric Lee-Mäder, co-director of Xerces Society's Pollinator Program. Visit us at the Xerces booth all three days for a huge assortment of free materials including several new publications. Xerces staff will be in hand, offering free consultations with farmers to address questions regarding habitat placement, site prep, seed mix design, and other issues.

Click here for more information and to register.

Successfully Establishing Plants for Pollinators – New Haven, CT

February 26th, 2016 (snow date: February 29th)
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Jones Auditorium, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
New Haven, CT

Join Xerces Society Pollinator and Conservation Biocontrol Specialist Jarrod Fowler, and other experts for talks and discussion on planting to attract and sustain populations of beneficial pollinator species. Attendance is limited and registration is required.

Click here for more information and to register.

Growing Family Farms: Tools for Success – Hillsborough, NC

February 29th, 2016 (snow date March 7)
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Whitted Building
Hillsborough, NC

As part of the day-long Orange County Agriculture Summit, Nancy Adamson, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, will talk about the broad benefits of pollinator habitat on farms.

Click here for more information and to register.

Aldo Leopold Weekend – Bloomington, MN

March 4th-5th
MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Bloomington, MN

Join the MN Valley NWR, Sarah Foltz Jordan of Xerces, and several other local groups for a weekend designed to bring people in the community together around Leopold’s idea of a land ethic. The theme this year is insects and pollinators!

More details coming soon.

People for Pollinators Symposium – St. Paul, MN

March 8th, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Dakota Lodge
St. Paul, MN

A joint Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Pollinate Minnesota event, this in-depth symposium is designed to inspire, connect and unite for a pollinator friendly Minnesota. Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist) will be co-teaching two sessions: Amazing Wild Bees (with Colleen Satyshur, U of MN Bee Lab) which will profile the fantastic life histories of local native bees, and Regenerative Farming Habitat (with Jim Riddle) which will address specific on-farm habitat opportunities for pollinators, including case studies of local farms. Lots of other great sessions on the agenda as well.

Click here for more information and to register.

Beetles Bees & Butterflies: A Symposium on Vermont’s Pollinators – Burlington, VT

March 17th, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
ECHO Aquarium and Science Center
Burlington, VT

Join the conversation! Learn about the complex challenges facing pollinators in Vermont and help identify strategies to protect these essential species. Join Xerces Society Pollinator and Conservation Biocontrol Specialist Jarrod Fowler, and other experts as they examine the threats to pollinators and their critical role in preserving Vermont's working lands and wild places. Hands-on round table discussions will offer in-depth opportunities to explore efforts to support pollinators and share individual experiences and ideas.

Click here for more information and to register.

Monarch Habitat on Farms Workshop – Farmington, MN

April 1st, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Farmington NRCS Field Office
Farmington, MN

This full day free workshop offered by the Xerces Society, Monarch Joint Venture, and Tallgrass Prairie Center will focus on practical skills for monarch conservation on working farms. Participants will hear from a variety of speakers and learn about unique opportunities for enhancing and restoring monarch habitat within the agricultural landscape of the Upper Midwest. This is a follow-up to our popular series of on-farm monarch habitat field days that so many of you attended this last fall (thank you!).

Click here for more details and to register.

Bee Monitoring “Refresher” Field Day – Maplewood, MN

May 14th, 2016 (rain date: May 15th)
Fish Creek Natural Area
Maplewood, MN

This field day led by the Xerces Society's Sarah Foltz Jordan, Maplewood Nature Center, and Great River Greening is open to participants who completed our “Bee-come a Bee Monitor” native bee identification and monitoring training workshop last September. We will be practicing our ID skills and the monitoring protocol in order to prepare you for the monitoring season ahead.

More details to come.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – State College, PA

July 17th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Penn State University
State College, PA

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 identify practices 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 from Penn State university scientists, course participants will conduct a field tour of the Penn State Arboretum pollinator plantings to practice identifying bees and their habitat.

Taking place during the 2016 International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health, and Policy.

Click here for more information and to register.


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Learn About Your Landscape:
Take Action!
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!