We will still have many challenges in 2021, but we see opportunities to move our conservation agenda forward.

We hope you will join us as we embark on a new year of conservation.
January 13, 2021
2021 is finally here and as I think about what lies ahead I do so with feelings of gratitude and optimism. The pandemic, the deep political and social divisions, and racial inequality made 2020 a very challenging year. But through it all we could count on the support of our partners and donors. For that I am deeply grateful.

The optimism? We will still have many challenges in 2021, but I see opportunities to move our conservation agenda forward. To accomplish this we will look for additional opportunities to work with a diversity of people and organizations in cities, towns, and rural areas. All people need pollinators and other insects and it is vital that we reach out broadly to ensure we work with and support all communities in conservation. As we always have, we will focus on giving people the tools they need to protect and restore habitat for the myriad animals that help run our ecosystems. Whether working on farms or natural areas, focusing on lowering or eliminating pesticide use, or planting an urban meadow, we will empower people to take action—and of course, it will be done using the best conservation science and tested methods of education and outreach. We will also look to the future by focusing on nature-based climate solutions to ensure the work we do now will stand the test of time. These climate solutions allow us to focus on what we do best: protecting, restoring and managing habitat for invertebrates while ensuring that what we do has benefits now and long into the future. 

I hope you will join us as we embark on a new year of conservation.  

Scott Black, Director

Ethanol Plant Causes Severe Pesticide Contamination in Nebraska

The majority of seed corn planted in the United States is coated with insecticides. Unsold seed corn is given to an ethanol plant for processing into biofuel—cheap disposal for the seed company and free raw material for the ethanol plant. But because this toxic material is not regulated as a pesticide, it has a significant impact on the environment and local communities. Read More

New Pollinator Habitat Sign

We are excited to launch a beautiful new pollinator habitat sign this year. If you have created or care for habitat in your yard or community, sign the Pollinator Protection Pledge and donate to receive your sign today! Signs are available in our online Gift Center for a minimum tax-deductible donation of $57.

Conservación de Polinizadores en Aguascalientes, México

Over the last couple of years, Xerces Society staff have had the pleasure of supporting Héctor Ávila Villegas with his efforts to promote naturalized spaces that function as pollinator habitat and outreach in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico. Read More

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