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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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Fireflies are some of our most beloved insects: celebrated in art, music, and literature, and contributing to numerous advances in medicine and our understanding of evolution, genetics, and ecology. For many people, their incredible bioluminescent light shows bring up fond memories of childhood. By carefully considering the needs of fireflies and how our actions could affect these animals, we can take steps to ensure that their lights continue to shine for future generations.
Educational activity for kids.
Cut, color, and wear this fun mask, modeled after a bumble bee!
Educational activity for kids.
Cut, color, and wear this fun mask depicting the beloved North American monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus).
Educational activity for kids.
Cut, color, and wear this fun mask, modeled after the Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces), the Xerces Society's namesake.
Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides
This fact sheet provides a brief overview of time-tested and effective ways to protect people from disease-carrying mosquitoes while also protecting pollinators.
Bee Better Certified™ is the gold standard of pollinator-focused farm certification programs. Developed by the Xerces Society, the world’s largest science-based pollinator conservation organization, Bee Better Certified builds upon nearly two decades of on-farm habitat research and development.
for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
The plants in this list are recommended for use in pollinator habitat restoration and enhancement projects in urban, rural, natural, and agricultural landscapes in the California Deserts and Southern Nevada.
Donor Newsletter of the Xerces Society
Our twice-yearly update for members, which highlights key Xerces Society projects and current conservation efforts.
Technical Note
This beneficial insect monitoring protocol consists of three distinct monitoring methods: floral observations, foliar monitoring, and aphid mummy monitoring. Running these monitoring methods in both cropped areas and surrounding habitat may provide the most useful assessment of beneficial insects on the farm as a whole. Using all three methods will yield the most robust data, but each can also be used independently.
A Guide for Producers in the Great Plains
Rangelands are important for pollinators, providing contiguous and often expansive areas of habitat (food and shelter) in the Great Plains. These best management practices (BMPs) will help you manage your rangeland using grazing, fire, or haying, to support both livestock production and pollinator health.