This year marks Xerces’ 50th anniversary. Because of the dedication of our members and donors, staff, volunteers, and partners, Xerces is now the largest invertebrate conservation organization in the world and has the largest pollinator conservation program of any nonprofit. Our team draws together experts from the fields of conservation biology, entomology, habitat restoration, plant ecology, pesticides, farming, education, and community engagement with a single passion: Protecting the life that sustains us.
Xerces' work has led to the restoration and protection of more than 2.5 million acres of habitat for invertebrates, plus habitat improvements across tens of millions of additional acres. We have protected sensitive species from near extinction and have built community science and engagement programs that bring together tens of thousands of people across the country each year, empowering them to be part of the solution.
We could not have done any of this without the support of donors like you! Your support is what keeps all of this important work viable and your continued support is needed to ensure we can step up to the challenges ahead.
The issues we face are large and daunting. Steep declines in insect diversity and abundance, overuse of pesticides, climate change, and many other issues all need to be addressed. If we are going to be successful we need to think big and act fast—the biodiversity and climate crisis is only getting worse.
So, what should Xerces focus on in the next 5, 10, or 50 years? I envision a future where all landscapes—towns, cities, farms, and natural areas—have thriving, diverse, and abundant native invertebrate populations protected from harmful pesticides.
To achieve this goal Xerces will continue to use our holistic, science-based conservation approach to create a network of healthy habitats that are interconnected, biodiverse, climate-smart, and pesticide-free. We’ll achieve this by protecting habitat that remains, enhancing habitat that has been marginalized, and restoring habitat where it no longer exists. We will also inspire and empower towns and cities to take collective action to influence policy and directly protect the invertebrates of their community.
Xerces has a track record of successfully addressing difficult issues, and our efforts over the next decades will need to address many challenges. By working together, we can face this challenge head on, so that future generations can continue to thrive on this beautiful planet.
Scott Black, Director