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As a science-based organization, the Xerces Society produces dozens of publications annually, all of which employ the best available research to guide effective conservation efforts. Our publications range from guidelines for land managers, to brochures offering overviews of key concepts related to invertebrate conservation, from books about supporting pollinators in farmland, to region-specific plant lists. We hope that whatever you are seeking—whether it's guidance on making a home or community garden pollinator-friendly, advice on developing a local pesticide reduction strategy, or detailed information on restoring habitat—you will find it here!


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Native thistles are wildflowers within the genus Cirsium. They occur in a broad range of habitats—pastures, grasslands, prairie remnants, roadsides, idle fields, open woodlands, savannas and wetlands—where they play a vital role in ecosystems. This brochure describes native and non-native thistles and provides guidance on recognizing the different species and their distinct features.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) worked with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to develop this report, which synthesizes the scientific literature and existing best management practices for monarch butterflies along with input from a survey of monarch experts and a survey of EPRI members. Monarch experts were surveyed to identify the relative benefit of specific conservation actions for monarchs as well as to provide opinions on the opportunities for power companies to engage in monarch conservation.

For Pollinators & Other Beneficial Insects
The availability of nesting and overwintering habitat is one of the most important factors influencing populations of native bees and other beneficial insects. This guide focuses on a variety of natural nesting habitat features that can be readily incorporated into most landscapes to benefit pollinators and beneficial insects.
Essays on Invertebrate Conservation
The importance of tackling climate as part of an invertebrate-conservation agenda is underscored by modeling studies that show the impact of climate change on the small creatures that sustain us. Depending on the amount of warming, as much as 49 percent of invertebrates may disappear from half of their current ranges.

La luz artificial nocturna, LANA en forma abreviada, es probablemente uno de los principales causantes de la disminución de luciérnagas. La mayoría de las luciérnagas del mundo se comunican entre sí utilizando señales de luz bioluminiscente en forma de destellos, parpadeos o brillos. Estas especies están activas durante el crepúsculo o después de que anochece, de manera que las luces artificiales que se encienden durante estas horas pueden dificultar que estas luciérnagas se vean entre sí.

Fireflies are some of our most beloved insects: celebrated in art, music, and literature, and contributing to numerous advances in medicine and our understanding of evolution, genetics, and ecology. For many people, their incredible bioluminescent light shows bring up fond memories of childhood. By carefully considering the needs of fireflies and how our actions could affect these animals, we can take steps to ensure that their lights continue to shine for future generations.
Educational activity for kids.
Cut, color, and wear this fun mask, modeled after a bumble bee!
Educational activity for kids.
Cut, color, and wear this fun mask depicting the beloved North American monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus).
Educational activity for kids.
Cut, color, and wear this fun mask, modeled after the Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces), the Xerces Society's namesake.
Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides
This fact sheet provides a brief overview of time-tested and effective ways to protect people from disease-carrying mosquitoes while also protecting pollinators.