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Publications Library

As a science-based organization, the Xerces Society produces dozens of publications annually, all of which employ the best available research to guide effective conservation efforts. Our publications range from guidelines for land managers, to brochures offering overviews of key concepts related to invertebrate conservation, from books about supporting pollinators in farmland, to region-specific plant lists. We hope that whatever you are seeking—whether it's guidance on making a home or community garden pollinator-friendly, advice on developing a local pesticide reduction strategy, or detailed information on restoring habitat—you will find it here!


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Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems

This fact sheet explores how ubiquitous insecticide seed treatments threaten water quality throughout the Midwest, focusing on the most commonly used neonicotinoid insecticides. It also discusses how disposal of excess treated seed can impact waterways and communities, and how we can all address these threats.

Information about the contents of and how to plant the 2021 Santa Fe pollinator habitat kits.

Create a Healthy Habitat to Sustain America’s Most Beloved Butterfly
100 Plants to Feed the Bees provides at-a-glance profiles of plants that provide monarchs with nourishment. The listed plants are all commercially available, and range from milkweeds to flowering plants, shrubs, and trees that provide nectar for the adult butterfly, including those that sustain monarchs in their great migration.
This document provides a visual overview of the Xerces Society's work with private sector partners to plan, install, and develop maintenance plans for pollinator habitat sites at facilities, offices, on supply chains, and more; as well as to help farms become Bee Better Certified.
Anthricinan Yellow-Faced Bee (Hylaeus anthracinus)
The purpose of this technical note is to provide guidance to NRCS and partner agency staff when protecting, designing, and installing habitat for Hylaeus anthracinus, known simply as the anthricinan bee, a rare yellow-faced bee listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The western monarch population is at a critically low level. Work to improve monarch habitat in California is more important than ever. This fact sheet identifies the most important actions that should be taken in five different regions of California, and provides notes and guidance on selecting the appropriate species of milkweeds and nectar plants.

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Conservation recommendations from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for protecting and recovering the western population of monarch. Section 7(a)(1) of the Endangered Species Act directs federal agencies to use their authorities to further the purpose of the ESA, by conducting conservation programs for the benefit of endangered and threatened species. The purpose of these conservation recommendations is to encourage federal agencies to incorporate monarch butterflies into their Environmental Assessments and Biological Assessments associated with Section 7 Biological Opinions.

Essays on Invertebrate Conservation
This year we are celebrating our fiftieth anniversary. Since it was launched in 1971, the Xerces Society has grown to become a widely respected organization, leading the way on the protection of insects and invertebrates in North America and beyond. The articles in this issue reflect our growth and achievements over the last half century.
Pollinators are essential to the health of our environment and for bountiful farm crops. There are four straightforward steps that you can take to help them: grow flowers, provide nest sites, avoid pesticides, and share the word.