Pollinator Conservation Resources – Southwest Region

The pollinator resources found on this page support habitat restoration in western Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

View all the regions in North America for other pollinator resources.
Click here to access national resources for the US and Canada including:

  • Conservation guides and fact sheets for farms, gardens, parks and natural areas
  • Information on native bee nests
  • Pollinator plant lists
  • Pesticide guides
  • Bee identification and monitoring resources

For questions, comments, or to suggest additional content, please email [email protected].


Recommended Pollinator Plants

Native Plant Profiles and Lists (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: web site resource)
The Xerces Society has collaborated with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to create plant lists that are attractive to native bees, bumble bees, honey bees, and other beneficial insects, as well as plant lists with value as nesting materials for native bees. These lists can be narrowed down with additional criteria such as state, soil moisture, bloom time, and sunlight requirements.

Regional Milkweed Guides A series of regional guides to the native milkweeds of North America, developed in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Monarch Nectar Plant Guides While native milkweed is critical to support of monarch breeding, these regional guides were created to address a need for evidence-based, monarch-specific nectar plants throughout the U.S. These guides were developed in partnership with the Monarch Joint Venture and National Wildlife Federation and are geared toward gardeners and landscape designers but are also be useful for land managers who are implementing large-scale monarch restoration projects.

Pollinator Plants for Texas Conservation Practices (USDA-NRCS: technical note)
An in-depth technical guide to trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plant species appropriate for habitat enhancement efforts in Texas.

Plants for Enhancing Pollinator Habitat in Arizona (USDA-NRCS: technical note)
This NRCS Technical Note developed in collaboration with the Xerces Society features an extensive list of native forbs, shrubs, and trees, plus some non-natives, that provide foraging resources for pollinators.

Plants for Pollinator Habitat (USDA-NRCS: informational poster)
This poster is a publication of the East Texas Plant Materials Center, and profiles several plant species appropriate to the region.

Pollinator Plant Recommendations for New Mexico (USDA-NRCS: technical note)
This NRCS Technical Note developed in collaboration with the Xerces Society features an extensive list of native forbs, shrubs, and trees, plus some non-natives, that provide foraging resources for pollinators.

Native Pollinator Plant Nurseries and Seed Companies

Borderlands Restoration, Patagonia, AZ
Borderlands Restoration specializes in native, locally-sourced perennials that support pollinators and are grown from seeds collected along the Borderlands region.

Desert Survivors, Tucson, AZ
Desert Survivors plant nursery sells several hundred species of plants native to the Sonoran Desert, Chihuahuan Desert, and Mohave Desert, with a primary focus on plants of southern Arizona.

Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed, Flagstaff, AZ
This nursery provides trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers native to Northern Arizona and the Colorado Plateau.

Hydra Aquatic, Albuquerque, NM
Hydra Aquatic’s plant nursery grows containers of native wetland, aquatic and riparian plants native to the Southwest.

Long Mountain Native Plants, Silver City, NM
Lone Mountain Native Plants grows and sells native plants and seeds without the use of pesticides and herbicides.

Plants of the Southwest, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM
Plants of the Southwest carries native seed and containers of native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees.

Wild Seed, Tempe, AZ
Wild Seed offers seed of many native desert wildflowers, sold on an individual basis and in seed mixes. Online ordering is not available; call (602) 276-3536 to request a species list or to place orders.

Bee Identification and Monitoring Resources

Western Bumble Bee Pocket Identification Guide (The Xerces Society: field ID guide)
A full color print-and-fold guide to the Western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis), a formerly common species believed to be in decline. Includes images of similar looking species.

Bumble bees of the Western United States (USDA Forest Service: field ID guide)
This field guide was produced by the USDA Forest Service and the Pollinator Partnership. The Guide covers the most commonly encountered bumble bees of the Western United States. Each bee species has information on preferred food plants, nesting biology, seasonal activity patterns, identification guidelines, and distribution maps.

Pocket Guide to the Native Bees of New Mexico (New Mexico State University and USDA-NRCS: field ID guide)
A handy pocket field guide to the groups of bees most common in New Mexico, with information on native bee ecology and habitat conservation.


Policy Analysis Paper: Policy Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services with a Focus on Pollination (Berkeley Food Institute)
The Berkeley Food Institute collaborated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to author this publication. It considers the mainstreaming of ecosystem services at both national and international levels, with a focus on pollination services. Following work undertaken through the GEF/UNEP/FAO Global Pollination Project, and through funding from the Norwegian Environment Agency, this publication addresses the interface between science and policy as a contribution to the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Supporting the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators
This set of guidelines, released as a follow-up to the President’s Memorandum on pollinator health, is a supplement to older guidance on sustainable management of landscapes. The guidance will help Federal agencies incorporate pollinator friendly practices into new federal construction and landscaping projects. Click here to download the guidelines, or read more at WhiteHouse.gov


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Pollinator Conservation Seed Mixes

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Milkweeds support monarch butterflies, native bees, honey bees, and other beneficial insects. Search for sources of milkweed seed now!