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Xerces Society staff are respected as reliable sources of science-based advice at the forefront of invertebrate protection, and can provide information and perspective on all aspects of invertebrate conservation.

Our team includes nationally recognized experts on a range of issues, including insect declines, protecting endangered species, climate change impacts, pollinator conservation, pesticide risk, habitat creation, and wildlife gardening. We work to understand and protect insects and other invertebrates in all landscapes, from wildlands to backyards.

In each of the last three years, Xerces staff were quoted or our work was mentioned in thousands of media articles that reached over one billion people worldwide.

We’re happy to give media interviews. Please direct all inquiries to Matthew Shepherd, Director of Communications & Outreach: (503) 807-1577, [email protected].

For general information about our work, please see our blog, publications, and other information on our website. Follow us on social media for the latest updates, as well.


Recent Press Releases

August 23, 2021
Responding to a petition from the Xerces Society and Dr. Robbin Thorp, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will list Franklin’s bumble bee, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), making it the first bee in the western continental U.S. to be officially recognized under the ESA.
August 10, 2021
Over 140 habitat projects creating safe places for monarchs and other pollinators have been made possible through the Xerces Society’s habitat kit program in California. As a result, more than 72,000 native plants are already in the ground, with a further 34,000 plants planned for distribution and planting this fall.
July 26, 2021
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that protection may be warranted for the western ridged mussel and that it is initiating a status review of the species. This action came in response to an Endangered Species Act petition submitted by the Xerces Society.
June 15, 2021
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is soliciting contract bids for spraying more than 2.6 million acres of Montana grasslands to suppress native species of grasshoppers. Spraying puts at risk organic farms and a national wildlife refuge adjacent to the proposed spray areas, as well beneficial insects within the spray blocks.
May 28, 2021
Proposal by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to spray insecticide by aircraft across 30,000 acres of public lands in Oregon will impact protected Wilderness Study Areas and be near recreational and biodiversity hotspots such as Steens Mountain, the Alvord Desert and the Pueblo Mountains.