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March 2014. Trouble for Monarchs – But You Can Help!
Monarch butterflies will soon be making their way from overwintering sites in the mountains of Mexico and the coast of California back to breeding grounds across the United States and into southern Canada. Unfortunately, far fewer monarchs will be making the northward flight this year.
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February 2014. Grab Your Camera – Bumble Bee Watch is Here!
We want to share some 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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August 2011. We Have Moved to a New Office
The Xerces Society is growing and we have moved into a larger office space.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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April 2011. Freshwater Mussels
Freshwater mussels have a remarkable life cycle that is inextricably linked with native fish and healthy waters.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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September 2010. 2011 North American Bee Calendar on Sale Now!
The Xerces Society is happy to offer the 2011 North American Bee Calendar.

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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.

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