If you are like me, the seemingly never-ending stream of negative news—pollution incidents, reports on climate change, proposals to roll back protections, studies on insect declines—can easily get you down. At Xerces, we take on large issues like species loss, climate change, food systems, and loss of habitat by engaging a diversity of people to generate workable solutions that lead to real improvements on the ground. We have reached over 100,000 people in the last ten years—face-to-face encounters that lead to restoration, management, and protection of habitats across North America.
We’ll continue to expand our reach into new communities, tapping into people’s desire to create change where they live or work. By partnering with farmers, wildland managers, urban and suburban park managers, gardeners, and folks like you we can protect and restore local spaces, creating a network of terrestrial and aquatic habitats that are planned with climate change in mind to withstand the test of time.
In the last few months, we worked with community volunteers to translocate hundreds of freshwater mussels, so they would not be killed by a stream restoration project; we provided technical assistance to dozens of farmers on how to encourage beneficial insects; we worked with hundreds of citizen scientists to better understand and protect bumble bees; and we have partnered with cities and college campuses to help their communities become more pollinator friendly. These strategies support our most essential task: finding ways to protect, improve, and expand high-quality habitat.
Thanks to the engagement of so many, we have protected and restored more than two million acres for these important animals in the last decade. With your help we can continue to make a real difference for the life that sustains us.
As I make my way through my day, I take solace in the fact that when I go out to meet farmers, managers of urban parks, and supporters like you, I hear that our trainings and the resources we provide are giving you the tools you need to make change for invertebrates. The habitats that we create together will not only help these small and vital animals, they will help us all.
Scott Black, Director