Here at Xerces we work on all aspects of invertebrate conservation, but a significant part of our effort is collaborating with farmers to ensure there is enough habitat to support bees. This work results in expansive networks of wildflower field borders, hedgerows, and flowering cover-crop systems that supply an abundance of food for bees and other pollinators, but also rebuild soils, enhance natural suppression of pests, and provide climate-resilient migration corridors for wildlife.
We know that you value a healthy environment for your family and for the bees, butterflies and other invertebrates in your community. Your support allows us to do this work that is so important to you. Thank you for being on our team.
New research brings home the importance of what we do. A study, published in Science by a team led by Dr. Rachel Winfree of Rutgers University, found that sustainable crop pollination relies on the presence of a large diversity of bees—common and less common species—on farmland. An essay by Dr. Claire Kremen of the University of California Berkeley in the same issue of Science underscores the need to move away from monocultures and fencerow-to-fencerow farming and toward regenerative farming that incorporates hedgerows, flowering strips, and other conservation practices to build soil fertility and support the much-needed pest control and pollination services.
Science like this shows us that our work is on the right track but only with you by our side, will we be able to push beyond conventional norms toward sustainable solutions that benefit crop pollinators but also migrating monarchs and dragonflies, declining bumble bees, and imperiled freshwater mussels. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today!
We are making progress. With your help in the last year:
- • More than a quarter million acres of pollinator habitat have been restored or protected.
- • Twenty new demonstration farm sites are in development that support native bees and monarch butterflies, attract beneficial insects for natural pest control, and improve soil health, carbon sequestration, and drought resilience.
- • We launched Bee Better Certified, a first-of-its-kind certification program that incentivizes the large-scale adoption of pollinator conservation methods. (Keep an eye out, you’ll soon be able to find Bee Better Certified products and produce at your grocery store!)
- • Over fifteen thousand people learned about how to protect pollinators and how to take advantage of beneficial insects as pest control.
- • We expanded our capacity to provide outreach, education, and technical expertise to farmers and other landowners in California, the Midwest, and the northeastern US.
This year we will continue to create and protect habitat, educate farmers and other land managers, and translate the latest scientific research into practical, achievable conservation for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Will you help us continue this important work?
Thank you for helping to protect the life that sustains us.
Scott Black, Director