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Old 10-07-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default The Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Program

The Xerces Society is a tremendous resource for pollinator conservation information.

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Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of nearly 70 percent of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species. The United States alone grows more than one hundred crops that either need or benefit from pollinators, and the economic value of these native pollinators is estimated at $3 billion per year in the U.S. 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 percent of all birds, and of mammals ranging from red-backed voles to grizzly bears. In many places, the essential service of pollination is at risk from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases.
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Welcome to the Pollinator Conservation Resource Center, where you can find regional information about plant lists, habitat conservation guides, and more. Scroll over the map below and click on your region of the country. For questions or comments about the Resource Center, or to suggest additional content, please contact Eric Mader, Xerces’ Assistant Pollinator Program Director.
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting direct links to the PDF files listing bee/pollinator plants for each area of the country. VERY handy!

I downloaded the information sheet for the Upper Midwest so I have it handy.
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