POLLINATORS

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NEW MILKWEED GUIDE
Monarch butterflies need milkweed. In addition to being the obligate food source for monarch caterpillars, milkweeds also provide abundant nectar for the adult butterflies, as well as bees and other beneficial insects. However, like many other native plant species, milkweeds are disappearing from the landscape in the wake of urban development and agricultural intensification. This Xerces Society guide shows how to bring back our milkweeds and restore habitat for monarch butterflies. Milkweeds: A Conservation Practitioner’s Guide is a first-of-its kind manual on large-scale milkweed seed production, nursery propagation, and field restoration of the plants.
 
Conserving Bumble Bees
Guidelines for Creating and Managing Habitat for America's Declining Pollinators: Highlights the important role that bumble bees play in plant pollination, details the threats they face, and provides information on how land managers can create, restore, and enhance high quality habitat. Also includes an identification guide to some common and imperiled species and lists of important bumble bee plants.
  Making Room for Native Pollinators
How to Create Habitat for Pollinator Insects on Golf Courses: On golf courses across the country wildflowers bloom, birds nest, mammals feed, lizards bask, bats roost, and butterflies sip nectar. As our landscapes change under pressure from development and agriculture, natural habitat in both urban and rural locations is being lost. Golf courses offer comparatively stable areas in which wildlife can find refuge and thrive.
  More Room
Making Room for Native Pollinators:  These guidelines offer successful strategies for incorporating pollinator conservation into course management and easy–to–implement tips for providing habitat for native bees and butterflies.
  Pollinator-Friendly Parks
How to Enhance Parks, Gardens, and other Green Spaces for Native Pollinator Insects: In an increasingly urbanized nation, parks and green spaces make a significant contribution to the vitality of local communities, including by offering a healthy environment.
  Pollinators and Roadsides
Managing Roadsides for Bees and Butterflies: These guidelines provide a concise overview of the conservation potential of roadside habitat and offer practical information on how to maximize the value of these areas for pollinators while meeting basic traffic safety requirements.

 
Pollinators in Natural Areas
A Primer on Habitat Management: This primer provides a summary of how land and wildlife managers can account for the habitat needs of pollinators. This 8-page booklet provides a series of recommendations on adjusting land management tools such as fire, grazing, mowing, herbicides, and insecticides to benefit pollinators.

 
Pollinator Conservation Strategy Yolo Natural Heritage Program (NCP/NCCP) Pollinator Conservation Strategy:  This first-of-its-kind conservation strategy summarizes the threats facing native bees and identifies conservation measures that can be taken within the diverse landscapes of Yolo County in the Central Valley of California. The Xerces Society scientists wrote the summary for the Yolo Natural Heritage Program.


Farming for Bees
Guidelines for Providing Native Bee Habitat on Farms: This booklet outlines ways to protect and enhance habitat for native crop pollinators in the farm landscape. It includes advice on simple changes that can be made in farm management for the benefit of native bees, as well as how to create important habitat features.

 
Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation
These guidelines provide a concise summary of how Farm Bill conservation programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program or the Conservation Reserve Program, can be used to restore or enhance habitat for pollinators on working farms and private lands.

 
Organic Seed Producers Guide
More than 80% of the world’s flowering plants depend upon insect pollinators to produce seed; this includes more than two thirds of all agricultural plants. Because of this, bees and other pollinators are an obvious concern for seed producers.

PROTECTING POLLINATORS FROM INSECTICIDES


 
Protecting Bees from Neonicotinoid
This brochure explains what neonicotinoid pesticides are, why they are a risk to bees, gives examples of neonicotinoid garden products, and gives some simple tips for protecting bees from these insecticides.

 
Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?
A Review of Research into the Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Bees, with Recommendations for Action: This report details potential negative impacts of neonicotinoids insecticides to honey bees and other important pollinators. It also makes recommendations on how we can better protect bees.