Recent Xerces Society News
Limits sought on weed killer glyphosate to help monarch butterfliesTuesday, February 25th, 2014
By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
With monarch butterfly populations rapidly dwindling, a conservation organization on Monday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement tougher rules for the weed killer glyphosate — first marketed under the brand name Roundup — to save America’s most beloved insect from further decline.
Monarchs, milkweed and the spirit of Rachel CarsonSunday, February 23rd, 2014
By Gary Paul Nabhan, Los Angeles Times
After news broke recently that the number of migratory monarch butterflies that had arrived to winter in Mexico was the lowest since reliable records began, I went on the road on behalf of the Make Way for Monarchs initiative. This solutions-oriented collaboration is working to place millions of additional milkweeds in toxin-free habitats this next year. Why? Monarchs cannot live without milkweeds, and milkweeds are disappearing.
Local group says feds failing to protect endangered bumble bee speciesThursday, February 13th, 2014
By Steve Law, The Portland Tribune
The Portland-based Xerces Society and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a notice of intent Thursday to sue the U.S. secretary of the interior for failure to respond to a petition to list the rusty patched bumble bee under the Endangered Species Act.
Growing Insects: Farmers Can Help to Bring Back PollinatorsMonday, February 3rd, 2014
By Richard Conniff, Yale Environment 360
With a sharp decline in pollinating insects, farmers are being encouraged to grow flowering plants that can support these important insects. It’s a fledgling movement that could help restore the pollinators that are essential for world food production.
The Year the Monarch Didn’t AppearFriday, November 22nd, 2013
By Jim Robbins, The New York Times
On the first of November, when Mexicans celebrate a holiday called the Day of the Dead, some also celebrate the millions of monarch butterflies that, without fail, fly to the mountainous fir forests of central Mexico on that day. They are believed to be souls of the dead, returned.
Xerces Opposes Bandon Marsh SprayingTuesday, September 3rd, 2013
The Xerces Society urges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to spray Bandon Marsh NWR for the control of nuisance mosquitos because the treatment will harm wildlife, cause disruption to the refuge ecosystem and will likely not be an effective way to manage mosquitoes. By Celeste Mazzacano and Scott Hoffman Black Scientists at the Read more …
Endangered Species Chocolate Announces 2013-2015 10% GiveBack PartnersTuesday, December 18th, 2012
After an intensive selection process, Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC) is pleased to announce its 10% GiveBack partners for 2013-2015 are African Wildlife Foundation(AWF) and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (Xerces). This is the third partnership for AWF and the first for Xerces. Both organizations will receive 10 percent of ESC net profits or a guaranteed minimum contribution of $10,000 annually.
Those bugs ‘are going to outsmart us’Saturday, November 24th, 2012
By: Josephine Marcotty, The Star Tribune.
Danny Serfling knew he was in trouble in July. Tiny white worms in the soil had eaten away the anchoring roots on half of his corn, and in one big storm last summer, the stalks toppled like sticks.
Bees and butterflies in mysterious declineFriday, November 23rd, 2012
By Josephine Marcotty, The Star Tribune
Ellis and other beekeepers across the country say they know why they are facing astronomical losses of bees: agricultural insecticides. The companies that make the chemicals disagree, but they don’t dispute the problem. On average, beekeepers are losing 30 to 40 percent of their bees every year.
Thank a hard-working pollinator on ThanksgivingWednesday, November 21st, 2012
By Phyllis Stiles, Citizen-Times.com
As we gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, perhaps we can take a moment to thank the hardworking pollinators that helped most of our food grow.
According to the U.S.Department of Agriculture, about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination. Even the plants that cows eat (alfalfa and clover) to make milk, cheese, butter, ice cream and beef, depend on pollinators.
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Photo: Rusty patched bumble bee by Johanna James Heinz.