Growing a Better Future

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March 8, 2022

Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” We couldn’t agree more, especially when the daily news is so grim and events feel beyond our control.

Whether through good times or dark days, our goal at the Xerces Society is to support and empower each person to take small changes that move us toward a better future. We hope the seeds you plant this spring – real or metaphorical – grow a brighter tomorrow for our human and wild communities.

Xerces Habitat Kits unite partners to support monarchs and other pollinators

Since 2019, the Xerces Society Habitat Kit Program has united Xerces, local residents, and native plant nurseries to offer regionally appropriate plant materials grown to order by nurseries and supplied to our community partners.

In return, community members provide sweat equity: the time, the labor, and land. The habitat kits not only help people plant and nurture habitats that support monarchs and other pollinators, but they also remove financial barriers for groups and individuals who want to help. Learn more

Xerces is now accepting interest forms for the California Habitat Kits, with more regions coming soon.

Grow a better future with Xerces’ native plant lists

Xerces provides lists of recommended native plants for all regions of the U.S. featuring varieties that are highly attractive to pollinators such as native bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. Selected plants are also well-suited for small-scale plantings in gardens, on business and school campuses, in urban greenspaces, and in farm field borders. Find Your Plant List

New Year’s Count tracks overwintering trends for western monarchs
The Xerces Society’s Western Monarch New Year’s Count serves as a follow-up to the annual Thanksgiving Count to help scientists better understand how the western monarch population changes throughout the overwintering season. Monitoring revealed an average decrease of 38% between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s Counts, within the range of a 36-49% seasonal decline observed over the previous six winters.

The overall western monarch population remains higher than in previous years. Read More

Upcoming Events

The next two weeks will feature several Xerces webinars on topics including the Habitat Kit Program, vetting your pollinator plants against systemic insecticides, and building pollinator habitat through USDA-NRCS programs.

Register and view more upcoming events on the Xerces events page. Learn More

Xerces is a donor supported non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible donation today will help grow and sustain our essential work.

Join or Renew your membership today!

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The Xerces Society
PO Box 97387
Washington DC, 20090-7387

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