Help to protect invertebrates by making a year-end donation today!
This spring, I participated in a meeting at the White House to discuss how the federal government can better respond to threats facing the nation’s pollinators. At the meeting and through a letter to President Obama, the Xerces Society recommended a holistic approach to protecting native pollinators, including protecting and restoring habitat and minimizing the use of insecticides.
Xerces has developed an unmatched depth and breadth of knowledge of pollinator conservation over the past decade and now has more biologists working directly on the issue than any other nonprofit. This uniquely places us to gain the maximum benefit for pollinators so that with your support we can ensure their protection for future generations.
In June, President Obama issued a memo titled “Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators,” which included many of our recommendations. Federal agencies are charged with revising their conservation strategies. We are working with agencies to do this, but need your donation today to be able to continue. With Xerces’ guidance, technical support, and pollinator expertise this work will have a long-lasting impact on pollinator protection.
To conserve monarchs, we are currently working closely with federal agencies to develop habitat conservation plans and to provide milkweed seeds for restoration projects. For all pollinators, we are working with federal partners to develop best management practices for pollinator habitat on roadsides (which will guide work by state departments of transportation nationwide) and to provide additional incentives for pollinator restoration on farms. Over the last year, new initiatives have enabled growers to restore tens of thousands of acres of farmland for pollinators with guidance from our staff.
We are closely engaged in this federal effort, because protecting pollinators is the right thing to do—but we can only do so with your support. If you are able, please consider DONATING TODAY! Your year-end donation will allow Xerces to protect even more habitat for these amazing animals and give our kids a chance to enjoy their beauty in years to come. Thank you.
P.S. You make all of this work possible, and your support is needed now. For bumble bees, monarchs, and all hardworking pollinators, please consider making a year-end DONATION TODAY!
Photo credit: Jim Cairns, California NRCS