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Pollinator Conservation - Xerces Society
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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

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.

From crickets to regal fritillaries: one biologist’s fascinating career is inspiring his students to engage with insect conservation.

Early spring garden cleanup can disrupt critical invertebrate habitat and leave pollinators out in the cold. Our guidelines will help you determine when cleaning up won't bug the pollinators in your space.

Migratory western monarchs underwent a 28% seasonal decrease this winter before dispersing from overwintering sites.

Kevin Burls shares his experience of discovering how even one species of caterpillar can be a vital resource for many different species of parasitoid insects.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed that the Southern Plains bumble bee is being considered for federal protection.