Join us in celebrating pollinators! Monday, June 17 marks the beginning of Pollinator Week, a national celebration of the amazing invertebrates that are vital to the health of ecosystems and agriculture. For the next several days, we will be sharing updates on our key program areas and how you can help support these important creatures, during Pollinator Week, and throughout the year.
Indeed, every week is Pollinator Week for us at the Xerces Society. We’re proud to say that we have the world’s largest team of conservationists dedicated to protecting pollinators. Our work extends from conserving the most imperiled pollinators through our endangered species program, to protecting these vital invertebrates from harmful chemicals with the work of our pesticide program, to creating and managing habitat thanks to our pollinator conservation program. Our pollinator conservation work also spans a wide array of landscapes, from communities that have achieved Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA affiliate status to farmers that have earned the Bee Better Certified seal; from parks and natural areas to home gardens; and agricultural lands of all sizes and uses, including rangeland, orchards, and crop fields.
Each day we work with, and are inspired by, the myriad people who are making tangible commitments to support pollinators. Check out our monthly Pollinator Program Digests to learn more about our recent projects, and check out the content below to learn how to join us in our efforts. Make sure to check back here each day for the newest content and tips, and thank you for doing your part!
Pollinator Week 2019 Blog Posts
The Xerces Society’s Bring Back the Pollinators campaign is based on the fact that pollinators need only a few things, which anyone can provide in a remarkably small space: flowers from which to drink nectar and gather pollen, a place to lay eggs or build a nest, and freedom from pesticides. Read more to learn how you can put these principles into action in your garden, on your porch, on your farm, or in your community.
Collectively, urban and suburban areas have the potential of offering millions of acres of life-giving habitat to pollinators. The goal of Bee City USA is to help communities recognize that fact, and to engage them in the effort to expand urban and suburban pollinator habitat that is rich in a diversity of locally native plants and is as free of pesticides as possible.
Read more about Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA in this piece by the program’s founder, Phyllis Stiles.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas. This community science project offers locals the opportunity to work alongside researchers to collect data that will shed light on the distribution, status, and habitat needs of Nebraska’s 20 species of bumble bees. Read more to learn about the project and how to contribute!
Studies show that towns and cities can harbor a greater diversity and abundance of invertebrates than does most farmland, even providing homes for rare and declining species such as the rusty patched bumble bee. Many Xerces Society members create wildlife gardens that are particularly hospitable to invertebrates, and among them are some wonderful examples. This piece explores a diversity of gardens—from the high desert of Arizona, to rural Kansas, to suburbs in Georgia—all maintained by Xerces members united by their deep-seated love for conservation. Read more.
Seventy percent of native bee species in the United States are ground nesting. Providing nesting sites (they are drawn to sunny, bare soil) and reducing or eliminating pesticide use is key to supporting these important pollinators. Learn more about how to create pollinator habitat that supports all bee life stages, including the building of nests!
The migration of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus plexippus) is an awe-inspiring sight that heralds the changing seasons across much of North America. Sadly, these inspiring migrations have experienced significant declines in the past few decades. The Xerces Society is working across the U.S. to conserve this beloved species, and there are a number of ways you can help! Read more.
Without a doubt, every week is Pollinator Week here at the Xerces Society. Our staff are consistently working with farmers, public land managers, suburban park managers, and gardeners, providing guidance on planning and creating habitat.
Here are a variety of ways to help support our efforts to conserve these vital invertebrates throughout the year—no matter where you live! Read more.
More Ways to Support Pollinators
Use the Pollinator Conservation Resource Center to Create Habitat: Get regional information—including plant lists and local seed and plant vendors—to help you build or expand upon pollinator habitat in your garden, on your farm, or in your community. Click to get started.
Attend a Xerces Society Event: We have a wide array of events, both during Pollinator Week, and during the other 51 weeks of the year! Please visit our event page to find a talk, workshop, or other activity near you.
Donate: Our work to conserve invertebrates, “the little things that run the world,” wouldn’t be possible without the support of donors like you. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Xerces Society during Pollinator Week. Thank you for standing with us!