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.

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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

Bumble Bee Survey at Pilot Knob Hill – Mendota Heights, MN

Friday, July 24, 2015
Pilot Knob Hill
Mendota Heights, MN

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Great River Greening, and Elaine Evans of University of Minnesota Bee Lab for a bumble bee survey designed to monitor pollinator abundance, diversity, and foraging patterns - including searches for the rusty patch bumble bee and other rare Minnesota species. Part of a series, this ongoing monitoring project will help the Xerces Society and Great River Greening evaluate the tie-in between restoration practices and pollinator management.

Register to volunteer through Green River Greening. More information coming soon!

Pollinator Passion Weekend – Everett, WA

Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
WSU Snohomish County Extension
Everett, WA

The event opens Friday evening with “Bring Back the Pollinators!” featuring Rich Hatfield, endangered species conservation biologist for The Xerces Society with information on the state of our pollinators as well as advice on how to convert most any area of land into pollinator habitat.

Click here to register and for more information.

Common Native Bees Slideshow and Garden Foray – Chapel Hill, NC

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
North Carolina Botanical Garden (directions)
Chapel Hill, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, to learn about some of the most common bees visiting flowers and supporting the great diversity of our landscapes. In North Carolina, we have about 500 native species and a few introduced species in addition to the European honey bee. Bumble bees, mason bees, mining or digger bees, sunflower bees, carpenter bees, hibiscus bees, and leafcutter bees are all groups you can easily recognize when you slow down and take a look. Weather permitting, we will visit the garden following a slideshow to see who inhabits the wonderful native plants and plant communities found on the Botanical Garden grounds.

Register by email or phone (919-843-8524). Fee: $15 ($10 for NCBG members).

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Farmington, MN

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
NRCS Farmington Field Office
Farmington, MN

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. This strategy is based upon ongoing research that continues to demonstrate a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens.


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Pollinator Party: A Celebration of Bees – Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lyndale Park Gardens
Minneapolis, MN

Buzz over to the Pollinator Party, a celebration of the life and work of honey bees and wild bees, at Lyndale Park Gardens. Bees, honey, games, food and music. Sarah Foltz Jordan, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, will be in attendance to answer questions and share her expertise.

Click here and here for more information.

Bumble Bees of Minnesota – Brainerd, MN

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Northland Arboretum
Brainerd MN

Did you know 18 different bumble bee species make their home in Minnesota, including several species that are in decline? Join Sarah Foltz Jordan, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, and Elaine Evans, University of Minnesota/ Conservation Consultant, for a workshop on bumble bee identification, biology, habitat needs, and conservation status. Participants will learn how to survey for bumble bees, how to participate in a bumble bee citizen monitoring project, and how to create habitat for these important animals.

Click here for more information. Please RSVP to the Arboretum by phone 218-829-8770 or email. Click here to download the event flyer.

Learn How to Attract Native Pollinators to Fields, Farms, and Orchards – Corning, NY

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Big Flats Plant Material Center
Corning, NY

Pollinators – which include bees, butterflies, and other insects – provide an essential ecological service for the environment. They support the reproduction of over 85% of the world's flowering plants and more than two-thirds of the world's crop species, valued at $18–$27 billion annually in the United States alone.

In many places, however, pollinators are at risk. In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences released the report Status of Pollinators in North America, which called attention to the decline of pollinators. The report urged agencies and organizations to increase awareness and protect pollinator habitat. In response, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation developed the Pollinator Conservation Short Course to educate producers of bee-pollinated crops, agriculture employees, natural resource specialists, land managers, and conservation organization staff.

Click here for more information and to register.

Enhancing Diversity to Support Pollinators: Focus on Bees – Jamestown, NC

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7:00 PM
Sedgefield Garden Club
Griffin Recreation Center
Jamestown, NC

Looking for ways to better support bees and other pollinators? Join Nancy Adamson, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, to learn how natural habitat and planting native plants benefits not only our most important agricultural pollinators, bees, but lots of other beneficial insects and other wildlife.

Free and open to the public, but please register by September 8th due to limited space via email or phone at 336-420-5926.

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ASAP’s Farm Tour – Black Mountain, NC

Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, 2015 Hop'n Blueberry Farm Black Mountain, NC Join Van Burnette of Hop’n Blueberry Farm and Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society, for ASAP’s annual Farm Tour. Along with blueberries and hops, Van also raises butterflies, tags monarchs, and teaches about pollinator conservation. Nancy will talk about the diverse native meadow and hedgerows installed with help from Xerces and the NRCS to expand Van’s pollinator and other wildlife habitat. Click here for more about Van’s farm. Purchase Farm Tour Passes from ASAP.

Expanding the Availability of Regionally Native Seeds – Webinar

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern
Conservation of Natural Resources Webinars
Online

As efforts to enhance the diversity of habitat plantings expand, so does interest in obtaining additional species of locally common plants and local ecotype seeds. Join Nancy, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, and others for a discussion of various efforts NRCS and other organizations are involved in to increase the availability of locally appropriate plant seeds.

Click here for more information.

Common Native Bees of North Carolina – Pittsboro, NC

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Chatham County Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting
Agricultural Building Auditorium
Pittsboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, to learn about the common native bees that nest under our feet and within tiny cavities wherever they can find them. Once you start to look for them, you’ll find them all around us, collecting nectar and pollen from our native perennials, shrubs, and trees, from common weeds, and ensuring an abundant harvest of our tastiest crops. This program will also highlight ways to support native bees and honey bees through habitat enhancement.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Moya Hallstein at (859) 492-1486.

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Pollinator Conservation Resource Center


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Pollinator Conservation Seed Mixes


Our partners in the native seed industry are offering specially designed, Xerces-approved wildflower seed mixes. Learn more.

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Milkweeds support monarch butterflies, native bees, honey bees, and other beneficial insects. Search for sources of milkweed seed now!

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