Momentum Generates Wins this Pollinator Week

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June 24, 2022

From grassroots action to national policy, we’re celebrating wins for pollinators.
There’s nothing quite like seeing hard work pay off. Earlier this month, we shared the good news of a legal victory in California that allows bumble bees and other invertebrates to be protected under the California Endangered Species Act.

Building on momentum generated by the Xerces Society and our many essential partners, this week brought another win for pollinators. At the Washington D.C. Monarch Butterfly Summit yesterday, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a $1 million investment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Conservation Fund, as well as the establishment of a new Pollinator Conservation Center at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Each step we take towards protecting pollinators, from the halls of D.C. to the smallest balcony garden, is building momentum towards a better future for biodiversity. As we wrap up Pollinator Week, we thank each of you for joining the movement.

Grassroots Conservation is the Key to Saving Imperiled Western Butterflies
Home grown insect enthusiasts have always provided valuable information to scientists about the ecology and health of invertebrate populations. Xerces staffer Kevin Burls shares why, today more than ever before, grassroots science and conservation are the key to saving our imperiled western butterflies. Learn More
Protecting New Mexico’s Very Hungry Caterpillars

There is a lot to celebrate in New Mexico during Pollinator Week, literally: it is home to some of the greatest diversity of bees and butterflies in the United States. New Mexico hosts about 40% of all butterfly species and a quarter of all of the bee species found in the US (approximately 300 and 1,000 species, respectively).

Emily Ruth Spindler shares how Xerces’ work is expanding to protect the state’s remarkable biodiversity, from growing the Santa Fe Pollinator Trail to tackling urban pesticide use.
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Meet Our Staff’s Favorite Pollinators!

At Xerces, our love for pollinators is a year-round affair. In honor of Pollinator Week, we’ve asked our staff to share some of their very favorite flower-buzzers and why they love them. We hope you find a new friend or a familiar face on this list, and we’d love to hear which pollinator you carry a torch for, too. Learn More

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