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

Farming for Bees – Greensboro, NC

Monday, January 5, 2015, 2:00 PM
North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Meeting
Greensboro, NC

Learn about the importance of pollinators for crop production in North Carolina, with a focus on native bees and their habitat needs. Farm management practices can better support both native bee and honey bee populations when ensuring a diversity of flowering plants through the growing season, providing nesting sites, reducing negative impacts of pesticide use, and, for native ground-nesting bees, reducing tillage. Join the Research and Technology Committee Meeting to attend this presentation.

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Farming with Bees & Other Native Beneficial Insects – Burlington, NC

Thursday, January 15, 7:00 PM
Alamance County Center
209-C N Graham-Hopedale Rd.
Burlington, NC

Join Nancy Lee Adamson of the Xerces Society for a program highlighting the importance of native bees in fruit and vegetable pollination. Learn about the honey bees and native bees that pollinate crops, and how to support them as well as other beneficial insects on farms and in home gardens. Optional potluck dinner starts at 6:00 PM.

Free and open to the public. Please register by calling Cynthia Pierce at 919-265-7949.

Gardening for Native Beneficial Insects: Pollinators, Predators, and Parasitoids – New Hope, PA

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
New Hope, PA

Beneficial insects provide essential ecosystem services. Yet, despite the value of these services, a growing body of evidence suggests native bees and other beneficial insect populations are in decline due to habitat loss and widespread pesticide use. Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society to learn how we all can make an important contribution to reverse these declines and help these garden allies.

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Bring Back the Pollinators: Attracting Native Bees and Beneficial Insects – Pacific Grove, CA

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10:30 AM
EcoFarm 2015
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

Native pollinators and predatory insects are the unsung champions of the agricultural world. Join Jessa Kay Cruz of the Xerces Society for an updated exploration into the ecology of these often overlooked and undervalued allies. Learn practical approaches for enhancing pollinator populations on working farms. This workshop is approved for 1.5 CEU credits for Certified Crop Advisors.

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Monarchs and Milkweed: Why Farms Matter – Pacific Grove, CA

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 8:30 AM
EcoFarm 2015
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

The North American Monarch butterfly population has declined by over 90 percent in less than 20 years. This drastic loss has coincided with the rapid expansion of genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybeans. Is it too late to save Monarch butterflies from further decline? Hear from scientists and conservationists - including Scott Hoffman Black of the Xerces Society - about the crucial role farmers must play in protecting this dwindling species and their habitats.

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Beneficial Insect Habitat Planning – Pacific Grove, CA

Friday, January 23, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
EcoFarm 2015
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

Jessa Kay Cruz of the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation program will be offering office hours to assist farmers in planning their own pollinator and beneficial insect habitat restoration projects, and in accessing USDA conservation programs for financial assistance. The Xerces Society is offering several in-depth and general session workshops at EcoFarm, and this service will give attendees a chance to receive more intensive one-on-one advice. Bring maps of your farm, aerial photos, existing conservation plans and your questions!

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Farming for Beneficial Insects – Lincroft, NJ

Sunday, January 25, 2015
25th Anniversary Winter Food & Agricultural Conference
Warner Student Life Center, Brookdale Community College
Lincroft, NJ

Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society at the 25th Anniversary Winter Food & Agricultural Conference for a 90-minute workshop on Farming for Beneficial Insects during the Beginning Farmer Track. Open to beginning and experienced farmers!

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Keeping Your Pollinators Happy – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Monday, January 26, 2015, 2:30 - 3:00 PM
Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
The Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Join the Xerces Society’s Sarah Foltz Jordan to discover how to keep to conserve and support pollinators in your fruit orchard, during the annual Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference. More details coming soon!

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Farming with Bees & Other Native Beneficial Insects – Shelby, NC

Monday, January 26, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cleveland County Office Building Auditorium
130 South Post Rd.
Shelby, NC

Join Nancy Lee Adamson of the Xerces Society for a program highlighting the importance of native bees in fruit and vegetable pollination. Learn about the honey bees and native bees that pollinate crops, and how to support them as well as other beneficial insects on farms and in home gardens.

Free and open to the public. Please register by calling Annie Thompson at 704-482-4365.

Creating Farm Conditions for Healthy Pollinators – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 9:15 - 9:45 AM
Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
The Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Join the Xerces Society's Sarah Foltz Jordan to discover how to create the right conditions on your farm to conserve and support pollinators, during the annual Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference. More details coming soon!

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Pollinators and Pollination Workshop – Hershey, PA

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2015 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention
Hershey, PA

Join Mace Vaughan of the Xerces Society for a workshop on Pollinators and Pollination, where he will cover the topic of Government Conservation Programs for Pollinators. For the complete list of topics in this session see the Convention Program.

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Conservation Biological Control: Habitat Management to Control Pests – Webinar

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 2:00 PM EST
Webinar offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

In this webinar, we will focus on the ecology of native beneficial insects and how to increase their numbers on your farm through simple conservation strategies. Learn how to recognize these insects and their habitat, and how to evaluate, design, and improve habitat for them.

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Farms, Forests and Rivers: Sustaining Our Way of Life – Augusta, NJ

January 28, 2015, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sussex County Fairgrounds Augusta, NJ At this full-day free workshop, farmers, landowners, municipalities and community leaders will come together to discuss innovative solutions for the many pressing issues affecting the water and lands that play a major role in healthy landscapes, local economies, and quality of life in the region. Click here for more information and to register.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference – La Crosse, WI

Thursday, February 26 - Saturday, February 28, 2015
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, WI

Join the Xerces Society at the 26th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Details coming soon! (Registration opens on November, 28, 2014.)

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Planting for Beneficial Insects and Native Pollinators – Doylestown, PA

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2015 Land Ethics Symposium
Delaware Valley College
Doylestown, PA

Open to all professionals and property owners with an interest in sustainable design and land management, the Land Ethics Symposium features relevant and thought-provoking presentations by regional and national experts. Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society will be presenting on the topic of planting for native beneficial insects and pollinators.

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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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