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October 12, 2022

It’s a lesson we see demonstrated over and over again: in an interconnected world, we can achieve more together than we can alone.

That holds true in each story we’re sharing this week, whether it’s stemming the threat of the emerald ash-borer or healing a landscape with pollinator parks. We also share a cause we’d love you to join: understanding and addressing the risks of pesticides in the plants we purchase. Whatever your passion, we’re so grateful to have you in our community for invertebrate conservation!

“Trap Trees” May Slow the Spread of Invasive Emerald Ash Borers

Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis, or EAB) is a non-native boring insect of ash trees, notorious for having killed millions of ash trees across the U.S. in the last 20 years. Ash trees are required for at least 98 species of insects and a food source for caterpillars of nearly 150 species of moths and butterflies. 

Recent research is exploring more targeted methods for slowing EAB spread, protecting more trees, and limiting the negative impacts of insecticides. In Michigan, the “SLow Ash Mortality” project (SLAM) highlights two approaches that could work.  Learn More

How to Spot and Slow Emerald Ash Borers in Your Community

If you’re lucky enough to live in a place that hasn’t met emerald ash borers yet, you may be wondering what you can do to protect trees in your area. We’ve created a guide for giving your local ash trees and wildlife their best shot at resiliency, from learning to identify the species and using prevention tactics to handling a new infestation and deciding on a course of action. Read More

Desert Plants for Pollinator Palaces with Xerces Member Alley Yerger

XercesMember Alley Yerger is involved in the revitalization of a neighborhood pocket park that is now full of native nectar and habitat for invertebrates. The beautiful new park design includes over 60 pollinator-friendly plants suited for the desert landscape, including desert milkweed, prickly pear and desert marigold. Read More

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Are Plants Sold as Pollinator-friendly also Pollinator-safe?

The Case of Milkweed and How to Help

October 12

11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET

A recently published study reported that milkweeds purchased from retail nurseries across 15 states contained an average of 12 pesticides per plant. Join the lead researchers from the University of Nevada-Reno and the Xerces Society to learn more about the findings and to learn what consumers and retailers can do to help turn the tide toward greater availability of pollinator-safe plants from U.S. nurseries. Learn More

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