Pollinator Conservation

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. In many places, the essential service of pollination is at risk from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases.

To learn more about the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program, please click here to download a summary of our work. For even more information, please see our 2016 Bring Back the Pollinators Report.

Learn About Your Landscape:

Find conservation information specific to your area of care.

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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.

Upcoming Events

Mississippi Native Wildflower and Pollinator Field Day – Coffeeville, MS

June 22nd, 2017
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Jamie L. Whitten Plant Materials Center
Coffeeville, MS

Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society, and others for informative presentations on topics such as pollinators and food production, as well as activities such as wagon tours of wildflower and native grass fields, and presentations on wildflower planting and Mississippi wildflowers and other native and naturalized plants. Advanced registration is required by June 9th.

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Hedgerows for Pollinators – Hockessin, DE

July 8th, 2017
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mt. Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE

Hedgerows are "living fences" that provide visual screens and windbreaks between neighbors. When composed of wildlife-friendly perennials, shrubs, and trees, they can provide shelter and food for a host of insects and animals and become a travel lane for migratory birds. Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society presents the steps in planning, site preparation, and planting a pollinator hedgerow on your property.

This class qualifies for the following professional credits: 3 APLD, 1 CNP credit with DNLA, ISA, and 3 NOFA AOLCP.

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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Princeton, MN

July 25th, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Uproot Farm
Princeton, MN

Join us for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include: site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, and habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans.

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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Ramsey, MN

July 28th, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Garden Farm
Ramsey, MN

Join us for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include: site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, and habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans.

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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Northfield, MN

August 3rd, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open Hands Farm, Spring Wind Farm, and Little Hill berry Farm
Northfield, MN

Join us for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include: site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, and habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Clanton, AL

August 9th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Alabama Power Clanton Conference Center
Clanton, Alabama

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Nancy Lee Adamson, PhD, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist of the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Brooksville, FL

August 10th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
NRCS Brooksville Plant Materials Center
Brooksville, Florida

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, PhD, Conservation Biocontrol Specialist for the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Adell, WI

August 18th, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Heidel Family Dairy Farm
Adell, WI

Join us for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include: site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, and habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Minot, ND

August 22nd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
NDSU North Central Research Extension Center
Minot, North Dakota

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Eric Mader, Pollinator program Co-Director for the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

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Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Corning, NY

August 23rd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Big Flats Plant Materials Center
Corning, NY

Join Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Speaclist for the Xerces Society, for this full day workshop focused on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat. Registrants will receive the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces' book, Attracting Native Pollinators, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Boise, ID

September 12th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Boise Center
Boise, Idaho

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Check back here soon for more information and to register.

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Kaysville, UT

September 28th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
USU Experimental Farm
Kaysville, Utah

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Check back here soon for more information and to register.

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Learn About Your Landscape:
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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!