Pollinator Week 2022: Exploring New Frontiers

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June 21, 2022

We’re exploring new frontiers in
pollinator conservation.
On the third week each June, we celebrate Pollinator Week and recognize the myriad ways that pollinators enrich our lives through both beauty and function. Pollinators are 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 economic value of native pollinators in the U.S. alone is estimated at $3 billion per year.

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, as well as mammals ranging from red-backed voles to grizzly bears.

Yet the threat of extinction facing many of our pollinators calls for an urgency to match. As Xerces continues to grow through the support of people like you, we’re expanding into new regions and approaches for pollinator conservation. This Pollinator Week, we’re excited to share these new initiatives with you, and invite you join us along the way.

More Than Food: A New Roadmap for Agriculture

In recent years, invertebrates on farms have received a little more mainstream attention, often under the broader umbrella of “regenerative agriculture,” a loosely defined philosophy that proposes farms should improve rather than diminish natural resources. The links between invertebrate conservation and farming are obvious, and Xerces is focused on a vision that we hope might contribute to a new roadmap for farming: farming that does more than grow food.

With supporting investments from the USDA National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Xerces Society recently inaugurated a five-year, multi-state research and development project focused on evaluating conservation practices that simultaneously maximize climate resilience, biodiversity, and market incentives. Learn More

Investing in Pollinator Conservation Through Urban Agriculture
Xerces’ conservation efforts span across many different types of landscapes, including cities. Most recently, Xerces welcomed Stefanie Steele, Pollinator Conservation Specialist for Urban and Small Farms in Historically Underserved Communities based in Detroit, Michigan. Stefanie shares how Xerces is working to bridge the gap between pollinator conservation efforts in urban and rural agricultural areas. Learn More
Upcoming Events

Love bumble bees? Join the movement of community scientists tracking their distributions through Bumble Bee Atlas. Kansas participants will have a field trainings this coming weekend, June 25 and 26, or join at bumblebeeatlas.org.

Register and view more upcoming events on the Xerces events page. Learn More

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