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.
New Report Provides Guidance on Mosquito Management that Protects People and Wetlands
A new report from the Xerces Society, reviewing current mosquito control practices in the United States and describing risks and benefits associated with different types of mosquito control.
Find the report here.
Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?
Widely used on farms and in gardens, neonicotinoid insecticides get inside plants, including the pollen and nectar. Studies show that this harms bees. Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees? explains the research, and makes recommendations for protecting bees.
2013 Joan Mosenthal DeWind Award Recipients Announced
The Xerces Society is pleased to announce the 2013 Joan Mosenthal DeWind Award recipients. Each year, this award provides two students with funding for research into the conservation of Lepidoptera.
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.
Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Threatened with Extinction
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation filed a petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the rusty patched bumble bee.
New Study: Bark beetle outbreak not the culprit in recent rash of western fires
A new paper in the Natural Areas Journal indicates that bark beetle outbreaks that have turned millions of acres of forests in the Inter-mountain West a noticeable red coloration (from tree death) do not substantially increase the risk of active crown fire …
2013 Dragonflies of North America Calendar on sale now!
Produced by the Xerces Society this stunning calendar provides brief notes about dragonfly natural history, behaviors, and conservation needs. Calendars are now just $7.50 each and include shipping to US addresses.
SE Monarchs, Milkweeds, & Hostplants
The Florida Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with the Xerces Society and the Butterfly Conservation Initiative, are pleased to announce the release of this new Southeast Monarch/milkweed/butterfly/hostplant brochure.
Click here to view PDF.
Federal Protection for the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
On October 11, 2012, in response to a petition from the Xerces Society and partners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly as an endangered species and designate critical habitat.
Xerces seeks protection for Island Marble Butterfly
The Xerces Society petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the island marble butterfly, one of America’s most endangered animals, as an Endangered Species under the US Endangered Species Act.
Bring Back the Pollinators
Bring Back the Pollinators promotes four principles: grow pollinator-friendly flowers, provide nest sites, avoid pesticides, and spread the word. You can join this campaign by signing the pledge!
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.