Minnesota Pollinator Resources

Interest in pollinators has grown since the term Colony Collapse Disorder appeared in 2006. This phrase refers to the puzzling disappearance of honey bees from their hives. While Colony Collapse Disorder does not affect native pollinators, many of the challenges that face honey bees also affect our native insects. These challenges include pesticide use, habitat loss, pathogens, parasites, climate change, invasive species, and other factors that influence Minnesota's pollinators today.

The Minnesota Legislature passed the Pollinator Habitat Bill (H.F. 976) in 2013. This prompted many organizations and the public to increase their knowledge about pollinators. This page is intended as an inventory of pollinator projects in Minnesota. It will also compile pollinator resources simply and in one place for the public.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has established Pollinator Best Management Practices and Habitat Restoration Guidelines (December, 2014) to manage and enhance pollinator habitat on DNR-managed lands and on state-funded prairie restoration projects. Also included as part of the best management practices guidelines are Grant & Contract Language (December, 2014) as well as Conservation Grazing Dewormer/Insecticide Guidelines.(December, 2014)

Questions or comments? Please contact:

Crystal Boyd, MNDNR Bee Specialist
[email protected]


General Information About Pollinators

Pollinator-Friendly Plant Lists for Minnesota

Gardening Resources, Restoration Funding & Restoration Evaluation

Citizen Science Opportunities for Pollinator Research

Pollinator Education and Outreach

Pollinator Reports and Legislation

DNR Research About Pollinators

  • Catherine Reed. DNR. Surveys in the 1990s. Reports from 1993, 1995, and 1996.
  • Crystal Boyd (Minnesota Biological Survey) Minnesota's grassland bees website.
  • Scott Haire, Science Museum of Minnesota permit to collect through MNDNR. Permit to conduct surveys for Perdita perpallida at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA in 2013.
  • Robert Dana. Minnesota Biological Survey. Surveys for butterflies and moths in Minnesota prairies.


Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) - Funded Pollinator Projects

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LCCMR Pollinator Projects (starting July 1, 2013)



LCCMR Pollinator Projects (starting July 1, 2014)



LCCMR Pollinator Projects Recommended for Funding (starting July 1, 2015)