Protecting Our Polliators

Protecting Our Pollinators

Pollinators are essential to healthy, biodiverse ecosystems.

National Pollinator Week is celebrated every June to raise awareness about what we can do to protect our important pollinators.

Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, beetles, flies and other insects play a vital role in producing more than 100 crops grown in the United States. 

The USDA supports the critical role pollinators play in agriculture through research and data collections, diagnostic services and pollinator health monitoring, pollinator habitat enhancement programs, and pollinator health grants.

Cool Bee Videos

  • Researchers Help Honeybees Keep Pollinating Our Food Crops

  • The Buzz Around Bee Genomics

  • ARS Beekeeping Featuring Dr. Jay Evans

  • ARS Beekeeping Featuring Dr. Jay Evans: Bonus Footage

How the Agricultural Research Service is Helping Pollinators

ARS Scientists Probe Pollinator Survival Strategies
ARS scientists have shed new light this spring on strategies used to ensure the survival of two very different pollinators.

ARS Asian Giant Hornet Research
How ARS is protecting pollinators from a new threat — the Asian giant hornet.

Bolstering Bees in a Changing Climate
Research conducted by ARS scientists is focused on understanding the impact of a changing climate on bee health and survival and finding solutions to reduce pollinator losses.

Honey Bee Health
ARS is striving to enhance overall honey bee health and improve bee management practices by studying honey bee diseases as well as basic honey bee biology and genetics.

Trapping Weevils and Saving Monarchs
ARS studies intended to improve detection of boll weevils could help save the monarch butterfly.

USDA Researchers Help Honeybees Keep Pollinating Our Food Crops
Scientists are studying ways to keep honeybees stress-free and healthy.

Which Milkweeds Do Monarch Butterflies Prefer?
Not all milkweeds are created equal when it comes to species of the native flowering plants that monarch butterflies prefer most.

Pollinator Resources: Fact Sheets, Blogs and More

ARS Facebook Premiere on Beekeeping
Try your hand at beekeeping with these tips from our bee expert and help our pollinators.

Gardening for Native Bees in Utah and Beyond
Make sure your garden is bee friendly (USDA Bee Biology and Systematics Lab, Logan, UT)

Pollinator Friendly Tips
Tips from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help you be a friend to pollinators.

The U.S. National Pollinating Insects Collection
As part of the ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit, this world class collection supports research to enhance pollination through the development of native bees as crop pollinators.

Updated USDA Program Enables Farmers and Ranchers to Help Monarch Butterflies
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service has updated its Conservation Stewardship Program to enable farmers and ranchers to plant milkweed and other plants to help monarch butterflies.

U.S. Forest Service's Pollinator of the Month
Highlights the interdependency of certain species of native North American wildflowers and their pollinators. Most plants have a flower color, blooming period or scent that will attract a particular type of pollinator to its pollen.

USDA National Pollinator Week blogs
USDA blogs related to past National Pollinator Week.

USDA Pollinators Site
Each of us depends on pollinators in a practical way to provide us with the wide range of foods we eat. Learn about USDA initiatives

One of the top bee museums in the world, the U.S. National Pollinating Insects Collection requires careful maintenance. A technician is placing labels on samples. (Photo by Jack Dykinga)

ARS Research Laboratories 

Did you know? ARS bee research laboratories are located throughout the United States. Each of the labs focus on a wide range of issues that impact bee health. Learn more

ARS Bee Research Laboratories


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