July 2015, Xerces in the Field
Field season is in full swing at Xerces, and our field projects have taken us to some beautiful places so far this summer. This enewsletter details some of those projects.
June 2015, Pollinator Conservation Crosses a National Threshold
The newly released National Strategy to Protect Pollinators and Their Habitat represents a threshold moment in pollinator conservation.
May 2015, Help Protect Our Beloved Butterflies
A letter from Executive Director Scott Hoffman Black to give an update on the Xerces Society’s work to protect the monarch butterfly and urge others to help conserve the iconic butterfly.
April 2015, White House Releases Historic Pollinator Protection Strategy
Xerces applauds the White House for the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, which we hope will lead to better habitat protection and management as well as improved pesticide regulation. Read more
March 2015, Milkweed Butterflies of North America
Monarchs aren’t the only milkweed butterflies of North America; learn more about the other species and how to distinguish between them.
February 2015, The Milkweeds You Never Knew
There are over 70 milkweed species native to the United States – learn about a few of the less-common varieties! We are also pleased to announce the release of Farming for Bees 4th edition.
January 2015, Get a Head Start on Your Pollinator Garden
Though it may seem early to start planning this year’s pollinator garden, we at Xerces are already thinking about ours and would like to help you plan yours. This month, we’ve asked our pollinator staff to share their favorite plants. Read more
December 2014, Thank You for Making a Difference
We simply want to say thank you to you – our members, donors, and enthusiastic fans!
November 2014, How Many Monarchs? One… Two… Three…
A new web site is launched to support volunteers counting monarchs in California — and new energy is brought to monarch conservation in the United States thanks to a memo from the president.
October 2014, Xerces Winter 2014 Sustainable Farming and Gardening Workshop Series
This winter, Xerces Society pollinator conservation biologists are on tour sharing their expertise at sustainable farming and gardening workshops across the country!
September 2014, Seed Production Scales Up
Xerces partners with the wildflower seed industry to increase raw materials for conservation, with exciting results!
August 2014. Announcing the Release of Farming with Native Beneficial Insects
The Xerces Society is pleased to announce the release of Farming with Native Beneficial Insects, the most comprehensive book ever developed on the subject of natural pest control.
July 2014. Pollinators Go to Washington
Pollinator conservation reaches the White House as a presidential memorandum places their conservation squarely at the center of federal environmental policy.
June 2014. Pollinators and Pesticides: Remembering Wilsonville
In the year since the Wilsonville bee kill, several neonicotinoids have been banned from application to linden in Oregon. Things are changing elsewhere, too, which we hope will lead to meaningful change in how pesticides are applied. Read more
May 2014. Oil in Our Oceans
The Xerces Society’s new science report, Oil in Our Oceans, explores the impacts of oil spills on marine invertebrates, clearly establishing that an oil spill has immediate impacts on invertebrates, and continues affecting wildlife for years, even decades, after the cleanup crews have left. Read more
April 2014. Control Mosquitoes, Protect Wildlife
Unfortunately, unfounded fear of disease, often fueled by media hype, can result in extensive spraying campaigns that are not only ineffective at controlling mosquitoes but harmful to water quality and wildlife. Read more
March 2014. Trouble for Monarchs, But You Can Help
Monarch butterflies will soon make their way from overwintering sites in the mountains of Mexico and the California coast back to breeding grounds across the United States and into southern Canada. Unfortunately, far fewer monarchs will be making the northward flight this year. Read more
February 2014. Grab Your Camera, Bumble Bee Watch is Here
We want to share exciting news: BumbleBeeWatch.org, a website that allows you to identify and help protect bumble bees in North America is now live! Through BumbleBeeWatch.org you can connect with experts and enthusiasts to help track the status of these essential pollinators. Read more
January 2014. Burns and Butterflies: Managing Grasslands with Fire
Fire is a powerful force for change in the environment, seemingly destroying all that lies before it. Although a blackened landscape provokes strong emotions, fire is a natural part of the ecology of prairies and other wildlands and the recovering areas support a rich diversity of wildlife. Read more
December 2013. It’s the Year’s End, Donate Today to Support Our Important Work!
Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible donation to support our important conservation work.
November 2013. You are our heroes: Thank you for all of your support
As 2013 comes to a close, we simply want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us to make this eventful year a success. Bumble bees, dragonflies, and butterflies are not the most charismatic creatures, but they are some of the most important and they must be protected. Read more
October 2013. Save a Dragonfly, Repair Your Toilet Tank
October is National Toilet Tank Repair Month, an excellent reason to consider various ways to reduce water use in and around your house and help reduce pressure on our streams and wetlands.
September 2013. 10,000 Acres Saved from Aerial Pesticide Spraying
With the help of organic farmers, cranberry growers, beekeepers, and concerned citizens, the Xerces Society successfully prevented a plan to spray the insecticide Dibrom over 10,000 acres of homes, forests, and recreation land in Bandon, OR. Read more
August 2013. Home Improvement for Mussels
Pesticide runoff. Warm water. Paved stream banks. Water withdrawals. Pet wastes. These are conditions that commonly plague streams and creeks as a result of urbanization, and freshwater-dependent animals have spent decades paying the price. Read more
July 2013. Take Action to Protect Pollinators
In July 2013, more than 50,000 wild bumble bees died outside of Portland, OR, when 55 linden trees were sprayed with the pesticide dinotefuran (also known as Safari) in a Target parking lot. Take action now to prevent more bee deaths. Read more
June 2013. Project ICP: New Project Puts a Buzz in Specialty Crop Pollination
Integrated Crop Pollination is a concept that combines the use of managed pollinators (such as honey bees and mason bees) with the restoration of habitat for wild pollinators, and the adoption of bee-friendly farm practices. Read more
May 2013. The Cicadas Are Coming!
Everybody has their own treasured experience of insects, but few of us witness what residents in the Atlantic coast region are about to experience, the mass appearance of 17-year periodical cicadas.
April 2013. Mosquito Management that Protects People and Wetlands
Xerces just released the report Ecologically Sound Mosquito Management in Wetlands to push for changes in how cities, counties, and other governmental agencies manage mosquitoes and wetlands.
March 2013. Pond Watch: We Need Your Eyes on the Skies and the Pond
As spring moves northward keep an eye out for migrating dragonflies. Become a Pond Watch volunteer today and help us learn more about the mysteries of dragonfly migration.
February 2013. Thank you to a Monarch Hero
We wanted to say a big thank you to Xerces volunteer Mia Monroe who has coordinated the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Counts for over a decade.
January 2013. A Snapshot of 2013
Thank you for helping to make 2012 a successful year for Xerces. We’re now looking ahead to a busy year as we continue to grow and build on the successes of past years.
December 2012. It’s the End of the Year and We Need Your Support
Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible donation to support our important conservation work.
November 2012. You Made Our Year: Thank You for All of Your Support
Before the holiday, we wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of Xerces’s work this past year.
October 2012. Clean Water Act: Because Everybody Lives Downstream
40 years ago Congress passed the Clean Water Act to protect the nation’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands. New changes to this law leave some of our waterways unprotected.
September 2012. Silent Spring at 50: Honoring Rachel Carson’s Enduring Legacy
Published fifty years ago this month, Silent Spring opened a window onto the effect of chemical pesticides on the environment. We encourage you to read or re-read it today to keep its important message going. Read more
August 2012. Dragonflies: Help Untangle the Mysteries of Migration
Millions of dragonflies migrate between Canada, the United States, and Mexico each year. Help us to learn more about these amazing creatures by becoming a volunteer Pond Watch monitor.
July 2012. Saving Our Bumble Bees: Protecting America’s Essential Pollinators
Xerces is working to conserve bumble bees and we need your help! Have you spotted a bumble bee nest, or one of our “wanted” bumble bees? We want to hear about it!
June 2012. Share the Buzz
Concerned about the plight of pollinators, Whole Foods Market and its vendor companies have launched a new Share the Buzz bee conservation initiative.
May 2012. Dragonfly Pond Watch
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. Read more
April 2012. 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!
March 2012. Xerces on the World Stage
Xerces staff traveled many miles in February, visiting Abu Dhabi, The Netherlands, and Germany, to collaborate with partners world-wide on invertebrate conservation.
February 2012. Winter Stoneflies
A snowy creek bank teeming with insects? Not exactly what those of us in colder climates would expect to see on a winter day. However, winter stoneflies do the unexpected: they brave the cold.
January 2012. Xerces in 2012
Here is a glimpse of some of the projects that Xerces will be working on in 2012. We will be busy protecting dragonflies, bumble bees, monarchs, fresh water mussels, and many more invertebrates.
December 2011. Thank You to Our Supporters
Xerces just turned 40 years old and we simply wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped us reach this important milestone.
November 2011. Xerces Turns 40: Cheers to the Past, Present and Future
This December marks the 40th anniversary of Xerces and we could not have made it this far without the support of our members, partners, contributors, and funders.
October 2011. Pumpkins and Pollinators
Squash bees are highly efficient pollinators of pumpkin flowers and have followed pumpkins across the continent adapting to drastically different climates and environments.
September 2011. Spiders: Out of the Shadows
The end of summer is a great time to observe these magnificent creatures spinning webs, catching prey, or even mating!
August 2011. We Have Moved to a New Office
The Xerces Society is growing and we have moved into a larger office space.
July 2011. Native Plants: They’re the Bees Knees
There is a growing body of research into the connection between native plants and native insects.
June 2011. Tiger Beetles: Faster than the eye can see
With there eye-catching iridescent colors and bold markings, tiger beetles have long been targets for collectors.
May 2011. Mardon Skipper, an LBB of the Butterfly World
Within the past decade a resurgence of scientific research on the species has led to important discoveries regarding the mardon’s habitat requirements.
April 2011. Freshwater Mussels
Freshwater mussels have a remarkable life cycle that is inextricably linked with native fish and healthy waters.
March 2011. New Pollinator Book + Wildflower Seed = Action for Bees
The Xerces Society now offers everything you need to conserve North America’s bees and butterflies.
February 2011. Spring Ahead with Bumble Bee Garden Kits from The Xerces Society
For the first time ever, the Xerces Society is pleased to offer a Bumble Bee Garden Kit consisting of some of the best native wildflowers for attracting bumble bees in the United States.
January 2011. Announcing the Release of Attracting Native Pollinators
The Xerces Society is proud to announce the release of an important new book, Attracting Native Pollinators.
December 2010. The Xerces Society Works to Give Butterflies a Global Voice
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has re-formed its Butterfly Specialist Group and named Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society, as the group’s chair.
October 2010. Announcing the Release of Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year by Robert M. Pyle
Mariposa Road recounts Bob Pyle’s epic cross country butterfly adventure.
September 2010. 2011 North American Bee Calendar on Sale Now!
The Xerces Society is happy to offer the 2011 North American Bee Calendar.
July 2010. A Special Thank You to Our Supporters
The Xerces Society would like to thank our supporters across the country who are promoting invertebrate conservation.