During my tenure, the Xerces Society has prevented some of the most at-risk species on the planet from going extinct, improved habitat in streams and rivers for freshwater mussels, protected wildlands from overgrazing and logging, and worked with farmers to restore and create nearly a half-million acres of habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects.
We have also inspired tens of thousands of people in urban and suburban areas to take action for invertebrates. These areas support a remarkable diversity of wildlife and can—should—be restored and managed for this biodiversity.
This is why I am writing you today. The Xerces Society has a new program to greatly expand our outreach and education to urban and suburban areas—helping more people like you to take action in their own lives. Your support is needed to make this a reality. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today!
Parks, gardens, business campuses, roadsides, even green roofs, provide an important venue for invertebrate conservation. When the right plant species are chosen, any urban area can provide the nectar and pollen resources that pollinators need to thrive. To complete a home for these animals, people can leave patches of bare ground and brush piles, and plant caterpillar host plants. It is especially important to limit pesticide use because, thanks to the many impervious surfaces in urban areas, these chemicals quickly find their way into local streams to the detriment of aquatic life.
With your help we can reach out to people in cities and towns to help them understand these issues and provide the information they need to create places where bees and butterflies can thrive, protect streams from pesticides, and become a voice in their community for the small things that run the world.
We are continually approached by people like you, who want to do more for invertebrates. As caretakers of urban plots, as amateur naturalists, and as advocates for these ecologically essential animals, you can play a crucial role in this effort. We want to develop the tools needed to guide you and your community in your conservation efforts.
Only with your help will we be able to reach the level of outreach and education needed to create lasting benefit for these essential species and habitats that we care about so deeply. Please consider making a tax-deductible year-end contribution today!
Scott Black, Director