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.

Take Action

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

Sabin Community Orchard ‘Work & Learn’ Party: Earth Day & Pollinators – Portland, OR

April 23rd, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sabin Community Orchard
Portland, OR

Join Mace Vaughan of the Xerces Society, in partnership with the Portland Fruit Tree Project and Sabin Community Association in a 'Work & Learn party' at the Sabin Community Orchard. This month, you'll have the opportunity to learn about Pollinators, in addition to helping out with orchard maintenance. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome (kids included)!

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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Ridgeway, WI

May 19th, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Taproot Farm
Ridgeway, 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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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Hutchinson, MN

May 24th, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
York Farm
Hutchingson, 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 – Jackson, TN

June 5th, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
West Tennessee Research & Education Center
Jackson, TN

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, and Nancy Lee Adamson, PhD, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, of the Xerces Society, as they overview 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 – Bloomfield, CT

June 13th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
4-H Education Center at Auerfarm
Bloomfield, CT

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 Jarrod Fowler, Pollinator Conservation & Biocontrol Specialist at the Xerces Society, as he overviews 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 – Unity, ME

July 23rd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
MOFGA Common Ground Education Center
Unity, ME

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 Jarrod Fowler, Pollinator Conservation & Biocontrol Specialist at the Xerces Society, as he overviews 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.

Click here for more information and to register.

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.

Click here for more information and to register.

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.

Click here 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!