Butterfly Conservation

Butterflies are valuable components of our environment. From the grassland-dependent species of the Pacific Northwest to swallowtails of Central and South America, we work to conserve butterflies and moths throughout the world. The Red List of butterflies and moths assessed the conservation needs of some of the most at risk North American species. The Xerces Society works with state and federal agencies, landowners, and other nonprofit organizations to achieve effective Lepidoptera conservation.

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Conservation Status and Ecology of the Monarch Butterfly in the United States
This report aims to inform government agencies charged with biodiversity protection, as well as conservation organizations and the public in general about the threats to and current conservation status of this much-loved, iconic insect.Read the report


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

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

Report


Study Looks at How Controlled Burning Affects Rare Butterfly

A new study from the Xerces Society shows that caution should be used when applying prescribed fire in rare butterfly habitat. This study highlights the need to leave substantial habitat when using fire as a management tool for mardon skippers, and likely other imperiled butterflies.
Read more and download the report


Monarch Campaign
The Xerces Society works to protect the sites where monarchs thrive, breed, migrate, and overwinter.
Read more

SE Monarchs Milkweed and Host Plants


Monarchs & Milkweeds Brochures

The Florida Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with the Xerces Society, the Butterfly Conservation Initiative, and the U.S. Forest Service, has produced three educational brochures that feature information about monarchs, milkweeds, and other regional butterfly host plants.
Click here for the Southeast brochure. Click here for the Eastern U.S. brochure. Click here for the Northern Great Plains brochure.


IUCN SSC Butterfly Specialist Group
The Xerces Society will work to give butterflies a global voice through the newly re-formed IUCN SSC Butterfly Specialist Group. Read more


Red List of Butterflies and Moths

An online list of species profiles that review the status of the approximately fifty North American butterflies and moths most at-risk of extinction.
Read more

Upcoming Events

Land Stewardship for Pollinator Conservation – Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Grow Native Massachusetts: Evenings with Experts
Cambridge Library
Cambridge, MA

Come learn about the fascinating and diverse world of New England’s native pollinators! Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, will be speaking about native pollinators — bees, butterflies, flies, beetles, and wasps — and about the latest science-based approaches to reversing pollinator declines by protecting and managing habitat for these vital insects.

Click here for more information.


BRIT’s Prairie Day – Fort Worth, TX

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Fort Worth, TX

Come celebrate the beauty of the native landscape of North Texas with Anne Stine, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, at BRIT’s annual Prairie Day. Anne will be available to answer questions and share information on recommended native pollinator plants, installing pollinator habitat as meadows or hedgerows, pollinator conservation suggestions, and resources on monarch butterfly host and nectar plants.

Click here for more information.


Spring Native Pollinator Workshop – Poteau, OK

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Kerr Center
Poteau, OK

Join Anne Stine, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, and the Kerr Center’s David Redhage for a workshop on Oklahoma native pollinators and habitat. Topics will include pollinators and pollinator plants, how to incorporate pollinator habitat into different landscapes, beneficial insects in your garden or farm, and monarch butterfly host and nectar plants.

Click here for more information and to register. Note: register online by May 22, 2015.


Save Our Monarchs – Hockessin, DE

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Mt. Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE

Monarch butterfly numbers have declined more than 90% over the past 20 years. Habitat destruction, especially the loss of milkweed, is one of the key factors responsible for this alarming trend. However, each of us can make a difference and help reverse these numbers. Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society as she unlocks the fascinating world of monarchs and shows you how to conserve these iconic butterflies.
This class qualifies for the following professional credits: 2 APLD, 1 DNLA, 3 NOFA

Click here for more information and to register.


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  • • The Xerces Society has awarded two $3,750 Joan M. DeWind awards for research into lepidoptera conservation
  • Butterfly-a-thon pledges raise $30 per species that Bob Pyle observes for butterfly conservation work
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