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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Minimizing Risks to Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
Even pesticides allowed for use in organic agriculture can cause harm to bees and other beneficial insects. This guide provides a brief overview of how to select and apply pesticides for organic farm operations while minimizing pollinator mortality.
In California, climate change is expected to cause higher temperatures, more frequent and longer heat waves, and increased drought frequency and severity. Extreme weather events will also become more common. These challenges posed by climate change are extensive, but there ways you can increase climate resilience for pollinators in your yard, neighborhood park, or whole community.
To help land managers incorporate pollinator-friendly practices into rangeland management, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation developed Best Management Practices for Pollinators on Western Rangelands. These guidelines were developed for federally managed rangelands that span the eleven western United States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.
Restoring monarch habitat, including roadsides, is important to the species’ recovery. A diversity of milkweed species is found on roadsides, on which readily monarchs lay their eggs, but roadsides provide more than just milkweed. They can also provide diverse nectar sources to feed adult monarchs and other pollinators. This guide highlights best management practices to reduce the impacts of herbicides on monarchs.