To Save Invertebrates, Protect Plants

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September 28, 2022

Even in the most challenging environments, the right plants can provide a lifeline for native invertebrates. In what looks like an otherwise flat expanse of agriculture, above, a pollinator strip reveals signs of life: the telltale snips of leafcutter bees on a native redbud tree.

Creating space for nature and managing pests in human-altered landscapes all starts with choosing (and protecting) the right plants and habitat. 

These Are My Most Trusted Native Plants for

Restoration and Here’s Why

Pollinator Habitat Specialist Anna Murray plants a lot of plants. She estimates she has personally grown or planted over 90,000 native plants and facilitated the planting of over 260,000.

“When you’ve had your hands on so many baby plants, it’s easy to get bored with some of them,” writes Anna. “Since joining Xerces in 2020, I’ve come to reappreciate some of these species that are so ubiquitous they can be easily overlooked.”

Here are a few native plants that get the job done even in the most challenging situations. Read More

Become a Xerces Ambassador

Do you love to connect with people and share your passion for invertebrate conservation? We need you! Join us for:

Xerces Ambassador: Open House

September 28, 4PM PST / 7PM EST

California Supreme Court Lets Decision Stand that Bees Can Be Protected by the California Endangered Species Act

On September 21, 2022, in a major victory for California’s native bees, California’s Supreme Court denied review of a petition filed by a consortium of agricultural and pesticide interests that sought to appeal a lower court decision that determined that four species of imperiled native bumble bees are eligible for protection under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). These four species – the western, Franklin’s, Suckley cuckoo, and Crotch’s bumble bee – have declined extensively from their historic ranges and urgently need the protection that CESA can provide in order to stave off extinction. Read More

Get Your Leave the Leaves Yard Sign

Leaves have a tendency to blow in the wind, often passing through several yards on the way to their final destination. Let your neighbors know your yard is playing an important role in the ecosystem.

One way to share the message is with a Xerces “Leaves the Leaves” sign.

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Upcoming Events

On September 29, join Xerces Biologists Leif Richardson and Sarah Foltz Jordan for a special webinar, Bring Back the Pollinators: Providing Nesting Habitat for Bees.

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

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Banner photo: Anna Murray, XS

Body photo: Chad Wildermuth

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