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February 9, 2021
Over the last couple of years, Xerces Society staff have had the pleasure of supporting Héctor Ávila Villegas with his efforts to promote pollinator habitat and outreach in his home state of Aguascalientes, Mexico. In this newsletter, you can read the second part of a blog written by Héctor that describes his work so far and his plans for the future.

We are also excited to announce that next week Xerces will offer our first all Spanish webinar, Polinizadores: Quiénes Son y Cómo Conservarlos. To learn more or register for this event or other upcoming events, please visit

Pollinator Conservation Digest

Our pollinator team members provide regular digests on their work. In this edition, three of our staff provide updates. Stephanie Frischie discusses planting seeds, Nancy Lee Adamson highlights monarch conservation in the Southeast, and Emily May introduces a newly released video. Read More

Remembering Bill Shepard, a Great Friend of Butterflies

Bill Shepard dedicated his life to helping butterflies. He participated in many annual counts across California as well as the Western monarch Thanksgiving Count. An educator by profession, he also fostered future generations of butterfly enthusiasts. Read More

Featured Reading

Lady beetles, syrphid flies, lacewings, and other beneficial insects prey upon crop pests, reducing or eliminating the need for pesticides. This comprehensive guide describes how to recognize these insects and their habitat, and how to evaluate, design, and improve habitat for them. Available in the Xerces Gift Center for a donation.

Arrancando la Primera Iniciativa de Conservación de Polinizadores para el Centro de México

Héctor Ávila Villegas is working to promote pollinator conservation in Central Mexico. He has planned and implemented habitat projects and is engaged in public outreach. This blog is part two of his story. Read More

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