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

Native Meadow Restoration Tour – Jamestown, NC

Sunday, September 14, 2014
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Marie Poteat’s Farm
Jamestown, NC

Join Marie Poteat for a tour of her farm, which she has been working with the NC WRC, Xerces Society, and NRCS to restore into a preserve for wildlife. In conjunction with the Native Plants for Every Yard: Providing Food and Habitat for Wildlife presentation (listed above), this tour offers visitors the chance to see restoration projects in progress, including old fields and pastures planted with native grasses and wildflowers, the river trail, and many forested areas.

For more information, contact Nancy@xerces.org or 336-370-3443.

Planning Ahead to Promote and Enhance Native Pollinators – Rector, PA

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Powdermill Nature Reserve
Rector, PA

Join some of the nation's top pollinator experts, including Kelly Gill of The Xerces Society, at the Powdermill Nature Reserve for a day dedicated to everything pollinator - concentrating particularly on pollinators in farming/ agricultural applications. Learn how to integrate changes on your lands that will help promote the presence, and enhance the survival, of native pollinators and other beneficial insects.

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.

How Small Farms Can Support Pollinators

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s 29th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Greenville, SC

Join Nancy Adamson to learn how supporting pollinators and their habitat needs also sustains other agriculturally beneficial arthropods and diverse wildlife. Along with giving one of the “Big Idea Presentations” on Tuesday at 4 p.m., she will be providing pollinator resources and sharing a native bee display throughout the conference in the exhibit area. Our abundant harvests depend on many intimate connections, including visits to flowers by bees and other pollinators. Enhancing wildflower diversity; reducing pesticide use, deep tillage, and mowing; adjusting grazing practices; and protecting or enhancing natural habitat on and around farms supports pollinators, predators, and parasitoids, and the health of our communities.

Click here for more information or to register online.

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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!

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