Pollinator Conservation Resources – Southwest Region

The pollinator resources found on this page support habitat restoration in western Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

View all the regions in North America for other pollinator resources.
Click here to access national resources for the US and Canada including:

  • Conservation guides and fact sheets for farms, gardens, parks and natural areas
  • Information on native bee nests
  • Pollinator plant lists
  • Pesticide guides
  • Bee identification and monitoring resources

For questions, comments, or to suggest additional content, please email pollinators@xerces.org.

Recommended Pollinator Plants

Native Plant Profiles and Lists (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: web site resource)
The Xerces Society has collaborated with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to create plant lists that are attractive to native bees, bumble bees, honey bees, and other beneficial insects, as well as plant lists with value as nesting materials for native bees. These lists can be narrowed down with additional criteria such as state, soil moisture, bloom time, and sunlight requirements.

Pollinator Plants for Texas Conservation Practices (USDA-NRCS: technical note)
An in-depth technical guide to trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plant species appropriate for habitat enhancement efforts in Texas.

Plants for Enhancing Pollinator Habitat in Arizona (USDA-NRCS: technical note)
This NRCS Technical Note developed in collaboration with the Xerces Society features an extensive list of native forbs, shrubs, and trees, plus some non-natives, that provide foraging resources for pollinators.

Plants for Pollinator Habitat (USDA-NRCS: informational poster)
This poster is a publication of the East Texas Plant Materials Center, and profiles several plant species appropriate to the region.

Pollinator Plant Recommendations for New Mexico (USDA-NRCS: technical note)
This NRCS Technical Note developed in collaboration with the Xerces Society features an extensive list of native forbs, shrubs, and trees, plus some non-natives, that provide foraging resources for pollinators.

Native Pollinator Plant Nurseries and Seed Companies

Borderlands Restoration, Patagonia, AZ
Borderlands Restoration specializes in native, locally-sourced perennials that support pollinators and are grown from seeds collected along the Borderlands region.

Desert Survivors, Tucson, AZ
Desert Survivors plant nursery sells several hundred species of plants native to the Sonoran Desert, Chihuahuan Desert, and Mohave Desert, with a primary focus on plants of southern Arizona.

Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed, Flagstaff, AZ
This nursery provides trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers native to Northern Arizona and the Colorado Plateau.

Hydra Aquatic, Albuquerque, NM
Hydra Aquatic’s plant nursery grows containers of native wetland, aquatic and riparian plants native to the Southwest.

Plants of the Southwest, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM
Plants of the Southwest carries native seed and containers of native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees.

Wild Seed, Tempe, AZ
Wild Seed offers seed of many native desert wildflowers, sold on an individual basis and in seed mixes. Online ordering is not available; call (602) 276-3536 to request a species list or to place orders.

Bee Identification and Monitoring Resources

Western Bumble Bee Pocket Identification Guide (The Xerces Society: field ID guide)
A full color print-and-fold guide to the Western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis), a formerly common species believed to be in decline. Includes images of similar looking species.

Bumble bees of the Western United States (USDA Forest Service: field ID guide)
This field guide was produced by the USDA Forest Service and the Pollinator Partnership. The Guide covers the most commonly encountered bumble bees of the Western United States. Each bee species has information on preferred food plants, nesting biology, seasonal activity patterns, identification guidelines, and distribution maps.

Pocket Guide to the Native Bees of New Mexico (New Mexico State University and USDA-NRCS: field ID guide)
A handy pocket field guide to the groups of bees most common in New Mexico, with information on native bee ecology and habitat conservation.

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