Western monarch population rebounds to nearly 250,000

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January 26, 2022

As 2022 begins with a burst of good news from the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, we’re reminded of the incredible resilience of invertebrates. Given half a chance and a single season, their numbers can rebound.

To that end, Xerces is committed to providing you the tools you need to be a part of the solution, whether those be simple gardening tips, technical guides for large-scale restoration, or tools that simplify the complicated world of pesticides. By relying on the best available science, we can grow our way to a better environment for pollinators and other invertebrates.

Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count Tallies Nearly 250,000 Butterflies

For decades, the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count has been cataloging the rapid decline of one of North America’s most enigmatic butterflies. In a surprising and remarkable outcome, this winter brought a final tally of 247,237 monarch butterflies observed across the West, an over 100-fold increase from the previous year’s total of less than 2,000 monarchs and the highest total since 2016. Read More

NEW! Searchable
Systemic Insecticides Tool
Systemic insecticides are absorbed into plants by design and may be present in all tissues, including pollen and nectar, which poses unique risks for pollinators. Despite their widespread use, it is hard to find information on these insecticides. 

Xerces has created an online tool that enables you to look up information about each chemical’s toxicity to bees, persistence, strength, and where they can be legally used. It includes insecticides in the U.S. that are known to, or have the potential to, exhibit systemic movement in plants. Read More

Midwinter Tasks for Pollinator Gardening

Even in January there are small actions you can take to support pollinators. Xerces’ Pesticide Program Director Aimée Code shares what’s on her winter chore list for her Pacific Northwest pollinator garden. Read More

Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual Best Practices for Pollinators Summit, to be held virtually March 1-3, 2022. Hosted by Pollinator Friendly Alliance and the Xerces Society, summit topics provide practical knowledge on pesticide reduction, habitat installation, fostering soil health, and more. Register

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