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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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Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management, or IPPM, is a strategic framework for managing pests while protecting pollinators. As its name implies, IPPM takes the core principles and practices of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and adds specific considerations and strategies for protecting pollinators. The foundations of IPPM include conservation biological control, scouting and monitoring, identifying evidence-based treatment thresholds, and practicing non-chemical management strategies to reduce reliance on and use of pesticides.

Although grapes do not require insect pollination in order to set fruit, vineyards can be excellent locations for establishing pollinator habitat. Permanent and temporary habitat in vineyards can support declining pollinator populations contributing to species recovery in key geographic areas throughout the state. Pollinator habitat plantings also attract other beneficial insects such as natural enemies that prey on crop pests.

Essays on Invertebrate Conservation
Understanding the natural history of the species we work with is the foundation of our efforts to protect invertebrates and their habitats. We at Xerces are completely en­thralled by the amazing behaviors, intriguing relationships, and eye-catching beauty of these animals. This issue of Wings features bees, butterflies and wasps, and dragon­flies. We hope you find them as entrancing as we do.

An instructional insert explaining how to hang a Xerces sign from the gift center

Conservation Biocontrol on Farms in the Upper Midwest
This fact sheet provides information on planning, locating, and installing beetle banks in the Upper Midwest, including recommended grasses and flowers that can be planted. Beetle banks are linear strips of perennial native bunch grasses that provide overwintering shelter for predatory ground beetles, spiders, and other beneficial invertebrates.

By Rich Hatfield, Ann Potter (WDFW), and Joel Sauder (IDFG)

Bumble bees are charismatic and easily recognizable pollinators thanks to their large size and distinctive striped patterns, usually of black and yellow, but often with stripes of red, orange, or white. They play an incredibly important role in keeping our environment healthy by pollinating flowers in natural areas and by contributing to successful harvests on farms.

Our donor newsletter that includes news and information about Xerces' programs and conservation work.
In the past twenty years, only 15 species of bumble bees have been observed in Nebraska, five fewer species than historically recorded between 1800–2001. The most immediate and productive steps that we can take to conserve these imperiled pollinators is to intentionally manage and restore existing habitat and/ or create additional habitat. The recommendations in this guide combine the latest understanding of bumble bee habitat needs with lessons learned from the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas (NEBBA).
(N Extension EC1564)
Nebraska is home to 20 species of bumble bees that play a critical role in sustaining the health of our environment. This pocket guide is intended to aid community scientists in identifying bumble bees without a microscope.
Essays on Invertebrate Conservation
Xerces Society staff share a passion for protecting insects and other invertebrates, but also a fascination with the diverse and intriguing behaviors of the animals that we work with. This issue of Wings looks at some of the ways in which we interact with insects as well as ways that we collaborate with individuals and communities to make conservation a success.