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:

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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

Introduction to Hedgerows & Pollinators Workshop – Morgan Hill, CA

May 3rd, 2016
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Ann Sobrato High School
Morgan Hill, CA

Join Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Hillary Sardinas, and other knowledgeable experts for this workshop and field tour on hedgerows and their service as pollinator and beneficial insect habitat.

Click here for more information and to register.

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Dighton, MA

May 5th, 2016
9:00 AM -4:30 PM
Bristol County Agricultural High School
Dighton, MA

Join Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Specialists Kelly Gill and Jarrod Fowler 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.

Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally – Troutdale, VA

May 6th - May 8th, 2016
Blue Ridge Discovery Center
Troutdale, VA

Every year the Naturalist Rally Committee assembles a wide variety of excellent field trips with leaders who are experts in their field. Please join Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society and John Kell of Radford University for wildflower and pollinator walk on Saturday afternoon, May 7th.

Click here for more information and to register.

Bringing back the pollinators: an integrated approach to pollinator conservation – Atlanta, GA

May 8th, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, GA

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, as part of the Science Cafe series. Despite the recognized importance of pollinators and the services they provide there is a growing body of evidence that suggests they may be at risk due to loss of habitat, widespread use of pesticides, climate change, and disease and parasites. Scott will discuss the latest science on pollinators, their importance and decline, and how all people can take action to help.

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International Migratory Bird Day and Pollinator Party – Zimmerman, MN

May 14th, 2016
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge: Oak Savanna Learning Center
Zimmerman, MN

Don't miss this fun, family-friendly event at Sherburne's brand new Oak Savanna Learning Center! Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society will be speaking at 10:30 AM about native pollinators and what you can do to promote them in your own landscape. Bird tours begin at 7:00 AM. Click here for more information.

Bee Monitoring “Refresher” Field Day – Maplewood, MN

May 15th, 2016 (rain date: May 22nd)
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 and Crop Pollination in Tree Fruit Workshop – Biglerville, PA

May 20th, 2016
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center
Biglerville, PA

Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist at the Xerces Society, Dr. Dave Biddinger, Tree Fruit Research Entomologist at Penn State University, and Jim Gillis, USDA-NRCS State Biologist for Pennsylvania, for a half-day workshop on integrated crop pollination for Pennsylvania tree fruit. Topics will include an overview of the major pollinators of PA tree fruit; how to minimize pesticide risk to pollinators; how to establish wildflower habitat in an orchard setting to support pollinators; and cost-share options for pollinator habitat. This workshop is hosted by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and will be held at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, PA.

Click here for more information and to register.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Crafsbury Common, VT

June 28th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sterling College, Simpson Hall
Crafsbury Common, VT

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. This one-day workshop, lead by Jarrod Fowler of the Xerces Society, will provide an overview of conservation biological control and integrated pest management (IPM). Students will learn the importance of beneficial insects, the predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests, as well as how to identify them and recognize their habitat needs and deficiencies.

Click here for more information and to register.

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.

Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Pueblo, CO

*RESCHEDULED*
August 23, 2016 (new date)
Southeast Colorado Water Conservancy District
Pueblo, CO

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.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Learn About Your Landscape:
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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!