Archive for July, 2009

Park County caddisfly species eyed for endangered list

Published on July 20, 2009

By Danny Ramey, The Flume

The Susan’s purse-making caddisfly, which is found in one part of Park County, is under consideration to be put on the federal list of threatened and endangered wildlife and plants, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on July 8.

The announcement came after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reviewed a petition submitted by The Xerces Society, Center Native Ecosystems, WildEarth Guardians, and Western Watersheds Project, and deemed that the petition provided enough evidence to consider adding the caddisfly to the list, said Patty Gelatt, acting Western Colorado supervisor for the Ecological Services branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Xerces Society Receives $458,000 from the NRCS Conservation Innovation Program

Published on July 15, 2009

Native pollinators across the United States are in decline, especially in heavily managed landscapes. Managed pollinators, including honey bees, are in need of increased pollen diversity to help bolster their resistance to disease, pesticides, and other stresses. In response to this concern, the Natural Resource Conservation Service has awarded the following two grants to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation:

Grant 1. $255,312 to Develop and Test Pollinator Habitat Job Sheets for Six Regions of the U.S.
Grant 2. $202,631 to Promote Agricultural Sustainability through Conserving Beneficial Insects: Restoring Pollination and Pest Control Services on Farms in California’s Central Valley, Phase II.