The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
Bumble Bee Watch is here!
A new web site allows people to be directly involved in protecting bumble bees throughout North America. BumbleBeeWatch.org enables people to connect with experts and other enthusiasts, and help build a comprehensive picture of where bumble bees are thriving and where they need help.
Xerces and Partners Comment on Proposed Insecticide Use in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor
The comprehensive comments respond to the Washington State Department of Ecology’s proposal to develop an Environmental Impact Statement for use of a toxic neonicotinoid to control two species of native burrowing shrimp in commercial shellfish beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor.
Xerces and NRDC ask FWS to Take Legal Steps to Protect Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
The Xerces Society and NRDC filed a notice of intent to sue the Secretary of the Interior for failure to respond to a petition to list the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
2014 Joan DeWind Award Winners Announced
Xerces has announced the winners of the 2014 Joan DeWind Award. This award provides two students each year with an award of $3,750 each for research into the conservation of Lepidoptera, made possible by the generosity of Bill DeWind, husband of longtime Xerces supporter and pioneering member Joan Mosenthal DeWind. Read more
Number of Monarch Butterflies Overwintering in California Holds Steady, Still Below the 1990s
The Xerces Society has released data showing that more monarch butterflies were counted at overwintering sites in California this year compared to last year. While this is welcome news, the number of butterflies is still well below peak numbers from the 1990s.
Study Looks at How Controlled Burning Affects Rare Butterfly
A new study from the Xerces Society shows that caution should be used when applying prescribed fire in rare butterfly habitat. This study highlights the need to leave substantial habitat when using fire as a management tool for mardon skippers, and likely other imperiled butterflies.
Read more and download the report
Conservation Groups and Scientists Push USDA to Save Wild Bumble Bees
On October 29, 2013, leading conservation and science voices asked the US Secretary of Agriculture to take action on a petition to regulate the movement of commercial bumble bees in order to help control the spread of parasites and pathogens to wild bumble bees.
Read the letter and other media here
New Report: Beyond the Birds and the Bees
A new report from the Xerces Society moves the spotlight from the risks neonicotinoids pose to bees to the impacts of neonicotinoids to beneficial insects such as earthworms or lady beetles.
Find the report here
Dragonfly Pond Watch Project
The Migratory Dragonfly Partnership has launched the new Dragonfly Pond Watch project to investigate movements of migratory dragonfly species in North America. This project engages citizen scientist monitors to contribute valuable data based on their observations at local ponds.
Pollinator Conservation Resource Center
A wealth of information is currently available on the plants and guidance needed to implement pollinator conservation projects. This comprehensive resource center will help you find information that is appropriate for your area.