Happy Earth Day from the Xerces Society

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April 21, 2023

This Earth Day, Celebrate The Stars Of Biodiversity: Insects
The big vertebrates we are most familiar with—say, a dog, lizard, or giraffe—are relatively easy to see and understand, belonging to the 1% of known animals that have a spinal cord.

Yet say “bee” and you may be referring to a group of more than 20,000 known species, each with a unique and indispensable role in keeping our planet green. Insects are a stunning 70 percent of known animal species, and just one phylogenetic order, beetles, make up a whopping quarter of known animals. These cleaning, filtering, burrowing, pollinating creatures are the tiny engineers that keep life as we know it humming along.

This staggering abundance is precisely why our founder Bob Pyle called working for the Xerces Society “the biggest little job in the world.” Xerces has grown over 50 years to be the largest invertebrate conservation organization in the world, with 75 staff, yet that still leaves us working at a ratio of one staff member per 20,000 known invertebrate species. 

This means that, to save insects, we need your help to build a movement. Read More

A Day Without Invertebrates
We couldn’t imagine a world without these animals, and yet insect abundance is in decline everywhere.

It’s sorrowful to think of all that our planet could lose without invertebrates—from birdsong to nutritious food—but also an opportunity to be awed and grateful for the enormous benefits and abundance that these tiny animals provide.

No matter where any of us live on this beautiful planet, we can either find, protect, or create a small oasis to help these animals thrive. Read More

Become a Monthly Donor this Earth Day

We know that invertebrates are important to you. Show us your support this Earth Day by becoming a monthly donor to the Xerces Society. Our dedicated community of monthly donors provides long-lasting and sustaining support to our conservation programs. In return, we are here for you if you need us.

Please reach out to us at engagement if you need support with your conservation efforts, if you would like Xerces materials to distribute to your friends, or if you would just like to chat. We’d love to hear from you! Give a Monthly Gift Today!

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

Join or Renew your membership today!

Start your own fundraiser to protect invertebrates.

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

If you need us, email us at membership or call us at 855-232-6639, option 2.

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