Preparing fertile ground for conservation

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May 25, 2022

As spring quickly nears summer, it brings with it an array of preparations to get things growing or, in other cases, find pollinator-friendly ways to keep weeds and pests from getting away from us. Our staff at Xerces find ourselves out the door frequently this time of year, whether that’s preparing new habitat or laying the groundwork for future conservation wins.
Xerces and Partners Appeal to Protect Imperiled California Bumble Bees

This week, California’s Third District Court of Appeal heard arguments seeking to ensure California Endangered Species Act (CESA) protections for four imperiled native bumble bee species, and insects more generally. The appellants include the Xerces Society, the Center for Food Safety, and Defenders of Wildlife, represented by the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic. At stake in this case are critical protections needed for four imperiled bumble bee species that occur in California, as well as whether the California Fish and Game Commission has the legal authority to protect insects under CESA. Read More

Mosquito Management at Home
Spring is quickly turning into summer, and with the warming temperatures comes the drone of mosquitoes in our parks and yards. Unfortunately, the insecticide sprays used by pest control companies can be harmful to a wide variety of other insects. Fortunately, there’s a much more effective way to reduce your itchy bites this summer and protect pollinators in your yard: focus on eliminating areas where mosquitoes breed. Learn More
Tips for Organic Site Preparation Before You Plant

Organic site preparation is simply using methods and materials outside of the conventional options of chemical herbicides to prepare seedbeds prior to planting. Methods of organic site prep can be solarization, smother cropping, repeated cultivation, sheet mulching, and more. There are many ways to achieve good results without breaking the bank. Read More

Upcoming Events

On May 26, join Kaitlin Haase and Emily Ruth Spindler for “Create A Pollinator Friendly Backyard” Learn how you can create a pollinator-friendly garden with proper soil treatment, seed-sowing, watering, and maintenance and watch how the bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators show up! Fun for all ages and gardening abilities.

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

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