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Wings 42(2): Protecting the Life that Sustains Us

“Protecting the life that sustains us” is not just a tagline for the Xerces Society; it is the principle that guides us every day. We hope that the articles in this issue of Wings will help to explain why this is important and illustrate some of the diverse ways in which we work to embody this principle. Thank you for your support of our work.

Wings 42(1): Spring 2019 (Nature Close to Home)

In a time of growing environmental threats, what we do in our home towns and neighborhoods is increasingly important.

Wings 41(2): Fall 2018 (Climate Change)

There are many threats to the invertebrates with which we share this planet. Habitat loss, disease, and pesticide use are immediate risks, but overlaying everything is climate change, the consequences of which may unravel the fabric of our environment.

Wings 41(1): Spring 2018 (Grasslands)

Grasslands are among the most threatened habitats; easy to build upon or plow up, they are often the first to go. This issue of Wings looks at the beautiful wildlife that grasslands support, and some of the management problems faced by conservationists.

Wings 40(2): Fall 2017 (Urban Conservation)

Conservation is sometimes seen as taking place in a distant wilderness or requiring a lot of time. In this issue of Wings we look at conservation in urban areas and how you can take action in your own neighborhood to make a difference.

Wings 40(1): Spring 2017 (Focus on Farmland)

What happens on farmland affects the health of wildlife, and changing how agricultural lands are managed can have a broad and profound influence on populations of bees, butterflies, and a host of other animals.

Wings 39(2): Fall 2016 (From the Field)

The Fall 2016 issue of Wings presents a series of articles by Xerces staff members describing some of the work we do, from local efforts to ones that are international in scope.

Wings 39(1): Spring 2016 (Butterfly Conservation)

The Xerces Society began as a butterfly conservation group, and, although the organization's work has expanded greatly, Lepidoptera remain at the heart of our efforts. This issue of Wings looks at our past, current, and future work on conserving butterflies.

Wings 38(2): Fall 2015 (Rethinking Pesticides)

Our Fall 2015 issue of Wings Magazine is devoted to the subject of pesticides, their impact on invertebrates, and consideration of alternative in controlling insect "pests".

Wings 38(1): Spring 2015 (Roadside Habitat)

Roads are ubiquitous in the modern landscape. This issue of Wings examines some of the consequences they carry for insects and other invertebrates.

Wings 37(2): Fall 2014 (Butterflies and Moths)

This issue of Wings is mostly about butterflies and moths: their importance as pollinators; how atalas disappeared from south Florida and then returned; and the challenges in captive rearing of endangered invertebrates such as the quino checkerspot.

Wings 37(1): Spring 2014 (Spiders)

The Spring 2014 issue of Wings Magazine sheds light on two very different and largely understudied groups of invertebrates—marine species impacted by oil spills and arachnids.

Wings 36(2): Fall 2013 (Habitat)

Much of Xerces’ work is focused on habitat, which is central to successful conservation efforts. When habitat disappears from our urban and rural landscapes, so too does the rich diversity of invertebrates that underpin a healthy environment.

Wings 36(1): Spring 2013 (Change)

The Spring 2013 issue of Wings Magazine is dedicated to change, with articles on metamorphosis, citizen scientists monitoring environmental events, and our efforts to protect a rare butterfly in a changing landscape.

Wings 35(2): Fall 2012 (Happy Birthday, Silent Spring)

Our Fall 2012 issue of Wings Magazine looks back at the impact of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and includes articles on fireflies, dragonflies and damselflies, neonicotinoids, and more.

Wings 35(1): Spring 2012 (Endangered Species)

The essays in this issue of Wings Magazine focus on declining species, including stories of conservation success, nationwide citizen action, and dogged sleuthing—all in the cause of protecting invertebrates.

Wings 34(2): Fall 2011 (Xerces at 40)

In the Fall 2011 issue of Wings we celebrate forty years of invertebrate conservation by the Xerces Society.

Wings 34(1): Spring 2011 (Plants and Insects)

The Spring 2011 issue of Wings Magazine includes articles on the rediscovery of an endangered land crab species, the importance of milkweed species in the landscape, and migratory dragonflies.

Wings 33(2): Fall 2010 (International Butterfly Conservation)

Our Fall 2010 issue of Wings Magazine examines the history and impact of butterfly conservation efforts around the world.

Wings 33(1): Spring 2010 (Anemones, Katydids, Bark Beetles, and Sunflowers)

The Spring 2010 issue of Wings Magazine includes articles on sea anemones, butterfly monitoring, katydids, and more.

Wings 32(2): Fall 2009 (Piggyback Conservation)

Our Fall 2009 issue of Wings Magazine looks at conservation efforts targeted at other species that also benefit invertebrates in the same ecosystems.

Wings 32(1): Spring 2009 (Water Holes, Butterfly Nets, and Britain's Rivers)

The Spring 2009 issue of Wings Magazine includes articles on ephemeral water holes, photographing butterflies, deep-sea corals, and more.

Wings 31(2): Fall 2008 (Grasshoppers, Freshwater Mussels, and Dirty Work)

Our Fall 2008 issue of Wings Magazine includes articles on grasshoppers, freshwater mussels, pollinator conservation, and more.

Wings 31(1): Spring 2008 (Insects and the City)

The Spring 2008 issue of Wings Magazine is devoted to invertebrates found in urban settings and their conservation.

Wings 30(2): Fall 2007 (Invertebrates and Global Warming)

Our Fall 2007 issue of Wings Magazine examines the impact of global warming on invertebrates across diverse ecosystems.