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Congratulations to our 2013 Pollinator Challenge Winner!

The Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma)

For the third time a challenge was issued to all of Fish and Wildlife Service offices to focus on pollinator conservation efforts and educate the public on what they can do to help pollinators. During the Challenge the Southwest Region earned the most points for their activities. We recognize them as the 2013 USFWS Pollinator Champion for their continued leadership in pollinator conservation and education. They were also the Champion in 2012, and tied for the title in 2011.

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How We Help Pollinators

Concern about the decline of pollinators prompted the formation of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC).  NAPPC is a collaboration of people from over 100 government agencies, non-government organizations, educational institutions and businesses who are dedicated to pollinator conservation and education.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Coevolution Institute (the Administrator for NAPPC) to work together on these goals. The Service is a natural collaborator because our mission is to work with others to conserve, fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats.

Fish and Wildlife Service Program Areas that Assess, Protect or Restore Pollinators and their Habitats:
Endangered Species Environmental Contaminants
Fisheries Program International Affairs
Migratory Bird Program National Wildlife Refuge System
Partners for Fish and Wildlife  - Farm Bill Activities Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

How We Help Conserve Pollinators

  • Work with partners to recover endangered and threatened pollinators and pollinator-dependent plants.
  • Include native, pollinator-friendly plant species in habitat restorations. For example, the Service's Kentucky Field Office partnered with others in a schoolyard habitat project that benefits pollinators.
  • Use integrated pest management techniques to minimize the impacts of pest control on pollinators.
  • Some National Wildlife Refuges have Monarch Waystations and participate in the Monarch Butterfly Sister Protected Area Program.
  • Work with energy companies to minimize the impact of power lines and wind turbines on migratory birds and bats.
  • Use the State Wildlife Action Plans to work with States and other partners to implement habitat conservation and species-specific actions for pollinators.

Last Updated: August 6, 2014