Though insecticides pose the most obvious risk to bees and other pollinators, this factsheet focuses on herbicides because they too can be harmful. Learn about herbicides, their risk to pollinators, their use cases, and alternative solutions to manage weeds and unwanted plants.
Monarch Butterflies: Xerces Society Policy on Butterfly Releases
The objective of this conservation strategy is to identify geographic areas within the state of Washington with the highest potential to support rare and declining bumble bee species and provide guidance and recommendations for management of those areas. Maintaining sufficient populations of each focal species is essential to the long-term persistence of these animals. This will require protecting and enhancing habitat for foraging, nesting, and overwintering, while ensuring connectivity between habitat areas, across jurisdictions.
Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management, or IPPM, is a strategic framework for managing pests while protecting pollinators. As its name implies, IPPM takes the core principles and practices of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and adds specific considerations and strategies for protecting pollinators. The foundations of IPPM include conservation biological control, scouting and monitoring, identifying evidence-based treatment thresholds, and practicing non-chemical management strategies to reduce reliance on and use of pesticides.
The Morrison bumble bee (Bombus morrisoni) was proposed for listing in 2023 through a petition submitted by the Xerces Society.
The large marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides) was proposed for listing in 2023 through a petition submitted by the Xerces Society.