Washington State Breaks Ground for Bumble Bees

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March 1, 2023

At Xerces, we talk a lot about the power of individual action to make real and immediate impact for conservation. When that change happens at the scale of a farm, industry, or state government, the impact is quickly magnified. We’re inspired by the bold plans and big changes envisioned by our partners in the following stories and can’t wait to see how they turn out.
Washington State Becomes First to Adopt a Statewide Strategy to Protect Bumble Bees

Washington has just become the first state in the United States to develop a statewide strategy to conserve bumble bees. The strategy, which focuses on eight bumble bee species, was created with leadership from the Xerces Society and informed by data collected through the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas, a Xerces community science program. Read More

Will California be the First State to Ensure Oversight of Pesticide-Coated Seed?

Organizations recently challenged the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CA DPR) through a lawsuit to close the loophole allowing for the unregulated sale and use of seeds pretreated with pesticides. This is an important step because a single pesticide-coated seed can be toxic enough to kill tens of thousands of bees. Learn more

Love for the Land Inspires Pollinator Habitat Conservation Across the Driftless Area

The Driftless Area is a magical and rugged terrain in the Midwest, covered in hardwood forests, oak savannas, prairies, and wetlands that provide unique habitat for wildlife of all kinds. In modern times, various factors have changed the landscape. A shared love of the land has inspired one community to restore these areas so that its inhabitants can all thrive together. Read More

Community Rallies to Restore Pollinator Habitat at a Fifth-Generation Family Winery

Recently, Xerces helped break ground on a major pollinator project with LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards. The 4-acre oak savannah restoration is connecting habitat for pollinators wildlife and bringing community together. Learn More

Upcoming Events

On March 2, join Aaron Anderson for Ecologically Sound Mosquito Management at Home and learn to stop pests before they start.

Registration is still open for the virtual Best Practices for Pollinators Summit, coming soon March 7-9. Co-hosted by Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Xerces, this event features the latest on ecologically sound land stewardship practices that promote pollinators. 

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