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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Monarch Numbers Up Slightly, But Butterfly Still at Risk of Extinction


Monarch Numbers Up Slightly, But Butterfly Still at Risk of Extinction

The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies released today shows a modest population rebound from last year’s lowest-ever count of 34 million butterflies, but is still the second lowest population count since surveys began in 1993.
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Annual Count Shows Number of Monarchs Overwintering in California May Be Holding Steady


Annual Count Shows Number of Monarchs Overwintering in California May Be Holding Steady

Recently released data show that monarch butterfly populations at overwintering sites in CA may be remaining stable. Estimating the numbers of overwintering butterflies is the best way to gauge the status of the monarch population.
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Job Opportunity Open for Grants and Corporate Giving Associate!


Job Opportunity Open for Grants and Corporate Giving Associate!

The Xerces Society is seeking a Grants and Corporate Giving Associate. Under the supervision of the Director of Grants and Corporate Giving, the Grants and Corporate Giving Associate supports all aspects of Xerces’ grants and corporate giving activities.
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Monarch Butterfly Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protection

In response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today that Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for monarch butterflies.
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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. 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.
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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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