Fact Sheets

About the Xerces Society

The Xerces Society For Invertebrate Conservation
This two-page fact sheet gives an overview of the Xerces Society’s core programs, mission, and accomplishments to date.

Pollinator Conservation Program
A two-page summary of the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program and its key accomplishments.

Pollinator Conservation

Pollinator Plant Lists

Recommended native plants that are highly attractive to pollinators such as native bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds, and are well-suited for small-scale plantings in gardens, on business and school campuses, in urban greenspaces, and in farm field borders.

Bee Nests

How to make and maintain nests for native bees.

Bumble Bee Conservation

Bumble Bee Conservation
Formerly common North American bumble bee populations have shown recent signs of decline.

Pollinator Conservation

4 Principles to Help Bees and Butterflies
An overview on the importance of pollinators and outlines four simple steps that you can do to help conserve bees and butterflies.


Native Pollinators on the Farm: What’s in it for Growers?
An overview of the contribution native bees make to crop pollination, and their value to agriculture.

Seed Mixes & Recommended Plants for Pollinators
A list of the most important nectar- and pollen-rich plants for crop-pollinating native bees in California (based on field research conducted near Davis, California).

Assessing the Pollination of Your Watermelon
Eastern U.S.A.

Western U.S.A.

Native Bee Pollination
The following three fact sheets provide detailed information on the unique relationships between each of these crops and their pollinators, lists of the most important native bees that visit each crop, and steps that can be taken to protect or enhance habitat for these vital pollinators. The content for each sheet is based on field research conducted by Dr. Claire Kremen (University of California, Berkeley), Dr. Neal Williams and Nikki Nicola.

Agroforesty Notes

An overview of how to provide habitat for crop-pollinating native bees in agroforestry settings in four issues, including guidelines on providing forage and nest sites for native bees and reducing pesticide use.

Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Gardening.
Hints and tips on how to convert your garden into a paradise for butterflies.

Western Monarchs in Peril.
Conserving this iconic species.

Protecting Monarch Groves.
Conserving Coastal Habitats of the Western Monarch Butterfly.

The Monarch Flower Partnership.
Increasing the Availability of Milkweed Seed for Monarch Habitat.