Pollinator Conservation

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.

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! For even more information, please see our 2013 Pollinator Program Report.


Upcoming Events

Rural Living Field Day – Portland, OR

Saturday, August 23, 2014
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Howell Territorial Park
Portland, OR

Get to know your neighbors and learn how to improve your land! Multiple tracks on healthy woods, wildlife, soils, orchards, crops, invasive weeds, stream restoration, pollinators, manure composting and more.

Click here for more information.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Kingston, RI

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island East Farm
Kingston, RI

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.

Bring on the Bugs! Farming with Beneficial Insects & Pollinators Field Day – Boise, ID

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Peaceful Belly Farm
Boise, ID 83714

Jessa Cruz, of The Xerces Society, will share what it takes to do site prep, installation and maintenance in organic systems (using alternatives to synthetic herbicides). Plus, Peaceful Belly Farm will share their successes and lessons learned, when creating additional habitat for beneficial insects on their farm.

Click here for more information or to register online.

On-Farm Habitat Restoration Field Tour: Riparian Restoration – Tres Pinos, CA

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Hain Ranch
Tres Pinos, CA

Tour streamside habitat restoration sites planted to stabilize the stream bank, increase plant biodiversity and provide habitat for wildlife on a walnut orchard/pastured poultry operation. Learn about pollinators, as well as native plant installation, irrigation and maintenance issues.

For more information, contact Meaghan at info@wildfarmalliance.org.

On-Farm Habitat Restoration Field Tour: Habitat Restoration – Watsonville, CA

Thursday, October 16, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monkeyflower Ranch
Watsonville, CA

Tour native oak tree hedgerows planted to provide shade for livestock, as well as reduce soil erosion, increase water infiltration and provide wildlife habitat on a 40-acre sheep dairy. Learn about pollinators, invasive plant removal, as well as hedgerow installation, irrigation and maintenance issues.

For more information, contact Meaghan at info@wildfarmalliance.org.

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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!

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