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Pollinator Conservation - Xerces Society
(Photo: Xerces Society / Jennifer Hopwood)

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.

Unfortunately, in many places, the essential service of pollination is at risk from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases. Follow the links below to learn more about these vital insects, the Xerces Society's pollinator conservation work, and how you can help.

 

Commit to Protecting Pollinators

Make your passion for pollinators a concrete commitment: Sign our Pollinator Protection Pledge, develop habitat on your land using region-specific information from our Pollinator Conservation Resource Center, or pursue a certification.

Conserving Pollinators in Your Landscape

The Xerces Society works across a broad array of landscapes to conserve pollinators, and can offer information to support your efforts.

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Pollinator Conservation on the Blog

We are excited to announce this year's two award winners: Lillian Hendrick and Lucy Guarnieri!

Jennifer Hopwood shares how adding even a few plants is the perfect complement to the other habitat features of your yard, garden, or balcony.

Open patches of soil and sand, with few or no plants, are a key nesting habitat for the majority of native bees, and easy for us to provide.

Even a humble puddle can make a big impact for your backyard wildlife. Learn how to make one that fits your space.

It’s easy to add small features, like a brush pile, dead stems, or a leafy corner that can make a big difference for wildlife! Here's how.

While we can wear respirators and turn on air filters to manage the impacts of air pollution, pollinators have to rely on us to protect them.