As I write this, many things have changed because of the coronavirus, and we know that your daily lives are impacted. There is much we do not understand about the scope and duration of this situation, and I know that during this uncertain time you may be reconsidering whether and what amount you can give.
I also know that you care about nature and the animals that make our environment function. At Xerces our important mission has not changed, and every day we continue to strive to protect bees, butterflies, freshwater mussels, and the other animals that are so vital for life on this planet.
With your help, we have already accomplished much:
- Two hundred communities have joined Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA, and dozens of additional cities are taking action on pesticides.
- We have achieved protection for rare and endangered butterflies, bumble bees, freshwater mussels, snails, tiger beetles, and many other species.
- Over 2.5 million acres have been protected and restored for invertebrates.
- Our staff have provided technical assistance to many hundreds of farmers, park managers, wildlife agency staff, roadside managers, and gardeners.
- More than 140,000 people have been reached through workshops and other events—with many thousands more learning from our publications and social media.
- Thousands of community scientists are helping us gather valuable data on bumble bees, monarch butterflies, and freshwater mussels.
- Over 11,000 people have taken our Pollinator Protection Pledge and are helping to bring back the pollinators.
- Billions of people have been reached through news media, including articles in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other important outlets.
The list above demonstrates that Xerces is effective. However, the issues are daunting. Loss of habitat due to agriculture and urban development, pesticide use on a scale never seen in human history, human-caused climate change, and other issues such as invasive species and artificial lighting—all of these are pushing insects, and in turn, all animals, to the edge.
The science is clear: We must protect, restore, and connect habitat for invertebrates across all landscapes to encourage biodiversity, and we must reduce the stress of pesticides on our freshwater systems. We know that these issues are a priority for you and with your help, we can continue this work and build on our successful efforts.
The good news is that there is hope. Insects are resilient and established methods in conservation biology and management can produce positive outcomes for invertebrate populations in decades or less. Xerces is at the forefront of providing solutions to these problems.
There are no words that can adequately sum up the uncertainty the world is now facing. Please know that, as always, we so appreciate your support of our work. Please take all precautions to look after yourself through this trying time. Thank you for standing with us.
Thank you for all you do.
Scott Black, Director
P.S. Please know we are thinking of you. Your support and enthusiasm are what keeps this movement going. If you are able, please consider giving a tax-deductible donation today to support this work that is important to you.