Advocacy

The Xerces Society advocates on behalf of threatened, endangered, and at-risk invertebrates and their habitats. From the world’s rarest butterflies, to caddisflies that live solely in one stream, to declining bumble bee populations, the Xerces Society is dedicated to protecting invertebrates and the ecosystems that depend on them.

Advocacy efforts include

  • Preparing Status reviews on rare or declining species
  • Filing petitions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act for the most imperiled species
  • Working with Federal, State and County agencies to conserve habitats for rare and endangered invertebrates
  • Working with lawmakers to help them understand the importance of invertebrates and how to best protect them

Notable accomplishments

  • Endangered Species Act petition filed for the rare Susan’s purse-making caddisfly, which inhabits only two springs in Colorado
  • Executive director Scott Hoffman Black testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on Endangered Species Act decisions in which politics has trumped science
  • Comments submitted on the Critical Habitat designations for the Salt Creek tiger beetle
  • Working to regulate bumble bee transport between states in order to protect native bumble bee species

Policy

The Xerces Society works with federal agencies to incorporate the needs of pollinators and other invertebrates into national conservation programs. We work with lawmakers to pass legislation to improve habitat for a variety of invertebrates. We also promote invertebrate protection using the Endangered Species Act and other federal and state laws.

Policy efforts include

  • Working with federal and state lawmakers to pass legislation and obtain funding for invertebrate conservation and research
  • Working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to incorporate pollinator conservation into Farm Bill conservation programs
  • Working with federal, state, city and county agencies to protect rare and endangered species and their habitat

Notable accomplishments

  • Xerces worked to pass the Pollinator Habitat Protection Act (S. 1496) and the Pollinator Protection (Research) Act (S. 1694), which were part of the 2008 Farm Bill
  • Worked with Senator Barbara Boxer’s office to organize a briefing to legislators and staff in Washington DC on the status and importance of pollinators
  • Developed a policy on captive breeding and releasing monarchs
  • Executive director Scott Hoffman Black testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on Endangered Species Act decisions in which politics has trumped science
  • Petitioned the Susan’s purse-making caddisfly under the U.S. Endangered Species Act