The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For over 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.


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Help to protect invertebrates by making a year-end donation today!

For bumble bees, monarchs, and all hardworking pollinators, please consider making a year-end donation today! Your year-end donation will allow Xerces to protect even more habitat for these amazing animals and give our kids a chance to enjoy their beauty in years to come.
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pollinator health task force recommendations

Pollinator Health Task Force Makes Recommendations to Oregon Legislature

On November 11th, a special Task Force on Pollinator Health delivered a series of recommendations to the Oregon legislature on how to help the state’s honey bees, native bees and other pollinators.
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scientist letter of support for monarch petition

Letters of Support for Monarch Butterfly Endangered Species Act Petition

Two letters have been sent to the Secretary of the Interior in support of the recently submitted Endangered Species Act petition requesting threatened status for the monarch butterfly. One was signed by more than 40 leading monarch scientists, advocates, and authors, the other by over 200 companies and organizations who care about a future for monarchs.
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Joan DeWind Award

Now Accepting 2015 Proposals for the Joan DeWind Award

Xerces is now accepting applications for 2015 Joan Mosenthal DeWind Award proposals. This award provides two students each year with an award of $3,750 each for research into the conservation of Lepidoptera.
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Partnerships for Monarchs

The Xerces Society has a long history of working to protect monarch butterflies and their habitat, and we’ve been doing so in partnership with many other organizations. Our recent efforts and current partnerships are summarized in The Xerces Society’s Partnerships for Monarchs.
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Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

Announcing the Release of Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

New book from the Xerces Society and Storey Publishing provides clear, effective, science-based conservation strategies that increase beneficial insect populations on farms. It is the most comprehensive book ever developed on the subject of natural pest control.
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Milkweeds: A Conservation Practitioner's Guide

Milkweeds: A Conservation Practitioner’s Guide

Monarch butterflies need milkweed, but milkweeds are disappearing from the landscape. In response to this, Xerces’ newest publication is a first-of-its kind manual on large-scale milkweed seed production, nursery propagation, and field restoration of the plants.
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Bumble Bee Watch

Bumble Bee Watch!

A new web site allows people to be directly involved in protecting bumble bees throughout North America. 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.

Milkweed Seed Finder

Find Native Milkweed Seed In Your State

Xerces’ Milkweed Seed Finder has a comprehensive directory of milkweed seed vendors across the country. The Seed Finder provides quick access to locally native seed sources, and you can use it to learn more about how to select and purchase the milkweed seed that’s right for your area.
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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.

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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.
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