Recent Xerces Society News


‘Canary in the cornfield': monarch butterfly may get threatened species status

Monday, September 8th, 2014

By Morgan Erickson-Davis, Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout the North American heartland. In Mexico, where they overwinter, single trees would often be covered in thousands. But declines in milkweed – their caterpillars’ only source of food – have led to a 90 percent decline in monarch numbers. Now, the U.S. Fish Read more …


Petition Seeks to Protect Monarchs

Friday, September 5th, 2014

By Jim Lundstrom, Peninsula Pulse A legal petition was filed on Aug. 26 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that seeks Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies. The petition says there has been a 90 percent decline in monarchs in the past two decades. The petitioners say the decline is due to the Read more …


Conservationists fight for monarch butterfly protections

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

By Brooks Hays, UPI COLLEGE STATION, Texas,– Monarch butterflies have begun their 3,000-mile trek southward; with summer coming to a close in Canada, it’s time to make their way to Mexico for the winter. It sounds like a nice life, but it’s a life that’s increasingly under siege, scientists say. Now, some are arguing federal Read more …


Environmentalists Petition to Put the Monarch Butterfly on the Endangered Species List as Its Population Plummets

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

By Richard Conniff With Labor Day just ahead, people on both coasts and across the Great Plains should be celebrating the start of one of North America’s great migrations. The spectacle of monarch butterflies working their way back to their winter breeding grounds, across hundreds or thousands of miles, is the longest known insect migration Read more …


Groups seek U.S. protection for monarch butterflies

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist In a little less than 20 years, monarch butterflies — those orange icons of the garden — have declined more than 90 percent. On Tuesday, several groups and long-time monarch scientist Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection Read more …


‘Threatened’ status sought for monarch butterfly

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

By Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. — Three conservation groups and a butterfly expert are asking the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list the monarch butterfly as a threatened species. The News-Journal of Wilmington, Del. ( ) reports the petitioners blamed farming practices Tuesday for a loss of milkweed, a plant the butterflies rely on Read more …


Iconic monarch butterfly needs protection as endangered species, advocacy groups say in US petition

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

By Martha Neil, ABA Journal An iconic American butterfly needs protection as an endangered species because of climate change, the widespread use of a herbicide that has eliminated much of its food supply, and other factors, advocacy groups contend. Joined by scientist Lincoln Brower, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food Safety and Read more …


Bee-Killing Pesticides Found in Midwest Rivers

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Pesticides linked to declining bee and bird populations have been found in streams across the upper Midwest, raising yet more concerns about these chemicals’ environmental effects. Researchers from the United States Geological Survey tested waters at nine sites in Iowa and Nebraska. They found neonicotinoids in each, frequently at levels that may harm insects and Read more …


Best of Portland 2014: Best Animals

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

By Kate Wilson, Willamette Week Bugs don’t have many human allies. Mostly, they get squashed, swatted, sprayed or stuck to rolls of poisoned paper. But, in Portland, someone wants to protect them. The Xerces Society ( pressures lawmakers to regulate the interstate transport of bumblebees, protect the tiny habitat of the caddisfly and advocate for Read more …


How to garden for bumblebees

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

By Tom Oder, Mother Nature Network Would you like to have your neighbors buzzing about how good your garden looks? There’s an easy way to do that and help an important native pollinator. Plant a bumblebee friendly garden. You’ll do yourself and bumblebees a favor. Several once-common species of North American bumblebees are suffering significant Read more …


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Photo: Rusty patched bumble bee by Johanna James Heinz.

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