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.


Job Opportunity

Job Opportunity Open for Office Assistant/Receptionist!

The Office Assistant/Receptionist will provide clerical/administrative support for the organization.
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Petition to List Monarch Butterfly under ESA

After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

The Xerces Society in partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food Safety, and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower has filed a legal petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the monarch butterfly.
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Action Alert!

Action Alert – Pollinators and Pesticides

Reps. Blumenauer (OR) and Conyers (MI) are asking Congress members to sign on to a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator McCarthy that outlines clear ways EPA could review/revise pesticide regulation to protect pollinators. Please call or e-mail your Representative and urge her/him to sign on!
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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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Press Release

One of Nation’s Rarest Butterflies Closer to Protection under the Endangered Species Act

Responding to a petition from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has issued a positive 90-day finding for the island marble butterfly, determining that protection may be warranted and initiating a status review of the species.
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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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Job Opportunity

Career Opportunity for Director of Finance and Operations!

Become a part of the Xerces team. The Director of Finance and Operations will manage day-to-day operations while providing strategic planning in areas of finance, human resources and organizational growth in alignment with the organization’s mission.
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Pollinator recovery

Xerces, Other Conservation Leaders Participate in White House Pollinator Initiative Meeting

Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, attended the White House Pollinator Initiative Stakeholder meeting Wednesday, and provided oral and written comments on how the White House can protect the diverse array of pollinators.
Read the press release and Xerces’ comments

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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Groups seek U.S. protection for monarch butterflies

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