Stand with the little creatures that run the world this Giving Tuesday

They give us so much, we want to return the favor
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November 29, 2022

Stand with the little creatures that run the world
this Giving Tuesday!
Invertebrates give us the gift of clean water. Freshwater mussels filter gallons of water every day in rivers, streams, and lakes. These filter-feeding powerhouses remove impurities, heavy metals, bacteria, and even pharmaceuticals from the water around them. North America was once home to about 300 species of freshwater mussels, but more than 30 species have already gone extinct.

Invertebrates give us the gift of abundance. Pollinators, like bees, butterflies, and beetles, move pollen from flower to flower which enables over 85% of the world’s flowering plants to reproduce. And since more than two-thirds of our crop species are dependent on these pollination services, these insects would be hard to live without.

Invertebrates give us the gift of life. They are a vastly diverse group of wildlife that supports many of the world’s food chains from the bottom up. Species like birds, fish, small mammals, and even larger mammals depend on invertebrates for food. Invertebrates offer variety, biodiversity, and life as we know it. Without them, every ecosystem would collapse. 
Invertebrates give us the gift of wonder. Fireflies light up the night with bioluminescence. Caterpillars completely rearrange their biology to become butterflies in flight. Iridescent dragonflies can fly faster than your neighborhood speed limit. Those are just a few examples of how invertebrates fill the world with precious wonder. Many invertebrates are in decline, and some species, like the Xerces blue butterfly, are already gone.

To stem the losses of the insects that take care of us, we must take care of the landscapes in which they live, from our backyards to city parks, from farms to wildlands. Everyone can make a difference. You too can stand up to insect declines. What can you do?

Create habitat: Increase the diversity of native plants in your yard and ensure that there are places for insects to nest. A backyard or even an apartment balcony with a variety of potted plants can be an important stopover for the smallest of animals upon which we all depend.

Curb pesticide use: Avoid using insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides to reduce stress on already vulnerable bees, butterflies, and other insects, as well as the animals that eat these insects for food.

Engage your community: Get out and spread the word about this important movement. You can volunteer, become a community scientist, work with your local park or watershed group to protect and restore habitat, urge your hometown to join the Bee City USA network–or simply talk to your neighbors.

Here at Xerces, we want to see insects thriving in all landscapes, and we will work hard to provide you with the tools you need in order to do your part. Working together, we can make change.

Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift this Giving Tuesday to support this essential work. Thank your participation!

Scott Black, Director

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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The Xerces Society
PO Box 97387
Washington DC, 20090-7387

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