Invertebrates live in every type of aquatic habitat, from streams and seeps to marshes and lakes. Aquatic invertebrates such as stoneflies, mayflies, mussels, and midges play critical roles in sustaining healthy aquatic ecosystems, and are at the center of the aquatic food web. The winged adult forms of many aquatic insects also provide a huge amount of the food for terrestrial birds, bats, and reptiles. Aquatic invertebrates and the habitats that sustain them are seriously imperiled. In the United States, over half of the wetlands that existed in the 1600s have been lost, and a recent nationwide stream survey found pesticides or their degradates in all the streams sampled. The Aquatic Conservation program works to protect aquatic invertebrates and the ecosystems that sustain them.
Learn more and get involved with the Aquatic Conservation projects.
Migratory Dragonfly Partnership
Ecologically Sound Mosquito Management
Western Freshwater Mussels
Check out some of the work the aquatic team has been doing!
Farming With Beneficial Insects for Pest Control – Hot Springs, VA
January 9th, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
The Homestead Resort
Hot Springs, VA
Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, Conservation Biocontrol Specialist, and Nancy Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, from the Xerces Society as they overview conservation biological control and provide guidance on creating farm habitat to support those beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.
This course is offered as a pre-conference workshop for the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) Conference. To register, please click here
and look for the Pre-Conf Workshop: Conserving Beneficial Insects for Pest Control. Conference registration is not required to attend this course.
Farming With Beneficial Insects for Pest Control – Indianapolis, IN
December 16th, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Natural Resources Conservation Service State Office
Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, Conservation Biocontrol Specialist at the Xerces Society, as she overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.
for more information and to register.
Monarch Habitat on Farms: Demonstration Day
October 22nd, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Loescher Homestead and Heidel Family Farm
Join Thelma Heidel-Baker from the Xerces Society for a hands-on demonstration and learning session about installing native wildflower plantings for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Learn about first year site prep and Year 2 site management. Come prepared for outdoor work and help plant the second half of Nana’s Wild Butterfly Garden.
for more information.
Pests & Pollinators – Yountville, CA
November 1st, 2016
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Yountville Community Hall
Please join Jessa Kay Cruz of the Xerces Society for her presentation entitled "Bring Back the Pollinators", as part of the 5th Annual Vineyards & Wineries Continuing Education Class Series - a program for Vineyard and Winery licensees and certificate holders.
for more information and to register.
US Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Rusty Patched Bumble Bee for Endangered Species Act Protection
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist, Xerces; (503) 468-8405; firstname.lastname@example.org Sarina Jepsen, Director of Endangered Species Program, Xerces; (971) 244-3727; email@example.com Margie Kelly, Communications Manager, Natural Resources Defense Council, 312-651-7935, firstname.lastname@example.org US Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Rusty Patched Bumble Bee for Endangered Species Act Protection PORTLAND, Ore.— Responding to a Read more ...
Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control – Olivebridge, NY
November 9th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
The Ashokan Center
Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Kelly Gill, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist from the Xerces Society, and partners from the Hudson Valley Farm Hub
, as they overview conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.
for more information and to register.
Lunchtime Lecture: Monarch Butterflies – A Species of Wonder, a Species in Crisis – San Jose, CA
December 7th, 2016
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose, CA
Please join Mia Monroe, volunteer with the Xerces Society and local coordinator of the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, for December's Lunchtime Lecture entitled “Monarch Butterflies...A Species of Wonder, a Species in Crisis”. Lunchtime Lectures are included in Museum admission.
for more details.
Firefly Populations Are Blinking Out
Blink and you’ll miss them this summer. Around the world, people are reporting that local firefly populations are shrinking or even disappearing. The insect’s dilemma first came to the world’s attention at the 2010 International Firefly Symposium, where researchers from 13 nations presented evidence of firefly population declines and declared “an urgent need for conservation Read more ...
State of the Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Sites in California
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Sarina Jepsen, Endangered Species Program Director, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation; (971) 244-3727, email@example.com Emma Pelton, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation; (503) 232-6639 ext. 102, firstname.lastname@example.org New Report Documents a 74% Decline in the Number of Monarch Butterflies Overwintering in Coastal California The Xerces Society prioritizes the top Read more ...
[VIDEO] Western Bumblebee no longer in Willamette Valley
Though Oregon may be experiencing a population boom, there is at least one group that is no longer found anywhere in the Willamette Valley. The Western Bumblebee. “Western Bumblebee used to be one of the 3 most common species in Oregon,” said Sarina Jepsen of the Xerces Society in Portland. “It’s really declined dramatically and Read more ...
A Ghost in the Making: Nationwide Release of a Revealing Film About the Decline of a Once Common Pollinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Sarina Jepsen, Endangered Species Program Director, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, 971-244-3727, email@example.com Clay Bolt, Natural History Photographer, 864-385-4616, firstname.lastname@example.org A Ghost In the Making: Searching for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Nationwide release of a revealing film about the decline of a once common pollinator Portland, OR – Today, Read more ...
Groups seek to protect rare butterfly whose only home is San Juan Island
San Juan Island is the only home to the island marble butterfly. Populations of the species disappeared from Canadian islands in the 1900’s and were rediscovered on San Juan Island in 1998. The species has suffered further decline since rediscovery and faces limited protections. In the grasslands on south San Juan Island, several patches of Read more ...
LA Times: 6 easy ways you can help save the bees
Busy as a bee is an accurate statement. According to the Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization working to protect bees, 75% of the world’s food crop depends on at least one pollinator, such as the honeybee. (California’s pollinator-dependent crop value is about $12 billion a year.) That’s a lot riding on the journey of the Read more ...
What Santa Monica can do about monarch butterfly decline
In 1997 there were more than 1.2 million monarchs overwintering in California and in 2014 only 234,000 – an 81 percent decline from the 1997 high, 48 percent decline from the 18- year average, and just over 10 percent per year. What has caused such a decline? The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which studies Read more ...
A common pesticide may be a menace to pollinators. Know how to protect them.
Many homeowners want to throw a lifeline to beleaguered bees and butterflies by planting pollinator gardens that will provide sustenance and habitat, but the unwitting use of insecticides may lure these beloved insects to their doom. The worry is that a common type of pesticide known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, will poison honeybees, bumblebees, monarch Read more ...
Cheerios Giving Bees A Buzz-Worthy 3,300 Acres Of Flowers To Pollinate
On April 26, General Mills announced that the farms that supply oats for Honey Nut Cheerios will plant approximately 3,300 acres of habitat for bees and other pollinators by 2020. It’s a size of land that is equivalent to “3,000 football fields,” Tom Rabaey, principal agronomist for General Mills, said in a video for Cheerios. “I Read more ...
City of Milwaukie Protects Pollinators from Pesticide
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Mark Gamba: Mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon, email@example.com, 971-404-5274 Aimee Code: Pesticide Program Director, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation;firstname.lastname@example.org, 541 232-9767 City of Milwaukie, Ore., Protects Pollinators from Pesticide Milwaukie, Ore., joins more than 20 cities across the United States by passing a resolution to protect pollinators from highly toxic insecticides PORTLAND, Ore., Read more ...
Gardeners can help protect butterfly populations
Bees aren’t the only pollinators suffering from a massive North American die-off. Butterflies and moths, those flying flowers of the insect world, are disappearing too. “But the situation isn’t hopeless,” says Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, in Portland, Oregon. “Anybody — gardeners or butterfly lovers — can make Read more ...
This Is What Dessert Would Look Like Without Bees
Bad news for those with a sweet tooth: the absence of pollinators such as bees and butterflies would signal the end of dessert as we know it. Whole Foods Market recently removed all products from an area of the supermarket reliant on the creatures, mirroring past initiatives in the diary aisle and the produce section. Read more ...
Maryland legislators enact ban on neonicotinoid pesticides to help bee population
Maryland lawmakers this week voted to curb the sale of certain pest control products to home gardeners after reviewing studies that point to the harmful effects some lawn chemicals have on bees and other pollinators. The legislation prohibits the retail sale and household use of neonicotinoid pesticides, a class of insect repellent that attacks the Read more ...