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.
Portland Bans Insecticides Linked with Pollinator Declines
Portland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance halting use and purchase of neonicotinoids, and other like systemic insecticides, on city property. Xerces worked with the City to develop the ordinance and look forward to working with the City to ensure successful implementation.
Monarch Butterflies in North America Found to be Vulnerable to Extinction
A newly completed assessment has found that monarch butterflies in North America are vulnerable to extinction. The assessment was undertaken by NatureServe and the Xerces Society, and results were published in a report released by the U.S. Forest Service March 9th.
2015 Joan DeWind Award Winners Announced
Xerces has announced the winners of the 2015 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
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.
Supporting the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators
This set of guidelines, released as a follow-up to the President’s Memorandum on pollinator health, is a supplement to older guidance on sustainable management of landscapes. The guidance will help Federal agencies incorporate pollinator friendly practices into new federal construction and landscaping projects. Click here to download the guidelines, or read more at WhiteHouse.gov
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.