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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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La luz artificial nocturna, LANA en forma abreviada, es probablemente uno de los principales causantes de la disminución de luciérnagas. La mayoría de las luciérnagas del mundo se comunican entre sí utilizando señales de luz bioluminiscente en forma de destellos, parpadeos o brillos. Estas especies están activas durante el crepúsculo o después de que anochece, de manera que las luces artificiales que se encienden durante estas horas pueden dificultar que estas luciérnagas se vean entre sí.

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.
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.
Guidelines for Planning, Preparation, Design, Installation, and Maintenance

Native meadows, filled with perennial wildflower mosaics and waving grasses, are growing in popularity with property owners and designers because they provide benefits to people, pollinators, and wildlife while demonstrating sustainability values. These meadowscapes offer economic and ecological advantages over intensively managed horticultural landscapes. Seeded meadows are low-input alternatives to containerized plantings or certain turf spaces, and so they have a role to play in institutional, commercial, and multifamily residential projects.