|The time for action is now. Together, we must work to make meaningful long-term conservation a reality.
The Xerces Society is dedicated to protecting the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. We make real conservation gains possible for pollinators, endangered species, and numerous other invertebrates vital to the stability of our ecosystems. By protecting the environment and our communities from pesticides, building and restoring habitat, and involving a growing number of people in this work, we help these animals thrive.
While the coronavirus pandemic curtailed in-person interactions over the past year, we were fortunate to expand our programming and reach:
- We successfully retooled our events with a new webinar series, reaching more than twice our normal audience.
- We restored tens of thousands of acres of pollinator habitat on farms and natural lands.
- Our Bee City USA, community science, and pollinator habitat kit projects all gained momentum.
- We continued to advance conservation science for invertebrate species, launched a new series of workshops about soil ecology, and led a campaign to make bee-safe plants more available at nurseries across the country.
Alongside these successes, the threats we face are ever present—climate change, biodiversity loss, pesticide use, inequality, and racism. All of these problems put the diversity of life on Earth, both human and nonhuman, at risk.
To achieve our mission, we must work with a diversity of people and organizations in cities, towns, and rural areas, and especially with the communities who have borne the greatest impacts of these intersecting crises. All of us need pollinators and other insects and it is vital that we work with and support all communities in conservation.
With the right tools in hand, people everywhere are protecting and restoring habitat for the myriad animals that help run our ecosystems. Whether working on farms or natural areas or planting an urban meadow or wildflower garden, we will empower people to take action, using the best conservation science to guide us. Looking to the future, we are focusing on nature-based climate solutions to ensure that 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 now and long into the future.
The time for action is now. Together, we must work to make meaningful long-term conservation a reality. As a donor-supported nonprofit, we need your help to be successful. For those of you who are able, please consider making a tax-deductible gift this Giving Tuesday.
Thank you for all you do.
Scott Black, Director