Invertebrate Mysteries, Overlooked No More

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November 8, 2022

Sometimes, protecting invertebrates calls for heralding the tried and true standards: grow pollinator-friendly flowers; protect habitat; avoid pesticides.

Other times, we find ourselves walking a path less traveled. This can be literal, like our search for imperiled and overlooked snails deep in the western mountains. It can also mean calling attention to overlooked issues, like the dangers of unregulated pesticide-coated seeds, or the tricky interactions between our native pollinators and domestic honeybees. We hope you enjoy surprising discoveries as much as we do, and invite you to join us along the way.

Putting Snails on the Map

Mollusks – like snails, slugs, and mussels – are an extremely diverse group of animals with an estimated 50,000 to 200,000 named and undescribed species worldwide. They also have the highest number of documented extinctions of any major taxonomic group.

Xerces biologists have been on the trail of four mysterious and imperiled snails deep in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, looking for clues to protect these overlooked animals. Learn More

When Voluntary Action Isn’t Enough:

The Case for Regulating Pesticide-Coated Seed

Sometimes the risks we face are so widespread and entrenched that policy change needs to be part of the solution. That is definitely the case with pesticide-coated seeds. Dozens of crops are coated with pesticides before being sold, and the Environmental Protection Agency is not taking action to regulate them. The impacts of this unregulated use of pesticides range from concerning to outright devastating.

Xerces’ pesticide program director Aimée Code shares the top seven reasons to regulate pesticide-coated seeds, including lack of data, questionable efficacy, and proof from past incidents. Read More

Upcoming Events

This Thursday, November 10, We Need to Talk About Honey Bees. Join Xerces’ Rich Hatfield for an honest conversation about the unseen consequences honey bees can have, and how we refocus to benefit all pollinators.

On December 8, Xerces biologists will discuss Saving Great Plains Grasslands: Rangeland Management for Pollinators and Plant Diversity.

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