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Giving Tuesday

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Give Back to Invertebrates This Giving Tuesday

Stand with the little creatures that run the world this Giving Tuesday! They give us so much, we want to return the favor.

 

 

The Gifts Invertebrates Give Us 

Clean Water

Invertebrates give us the gift of clean water. Freshwater mussels filter gallons of water every day in rivers, streams, and lakes. These filter-feeding powerhouses remove impurities, heavy metals, bacteria, and even pharmaceuticals from the water around them. North America is home to about 300 species of freshwater mussels, but more than 25 species have already gone extinct.

Abundance

Invertebrates give us the gift of abundance. Pollinators, like bees, butterflies, and beetles, move pollen from flower to flower which enables over 85% of the world’s flowering plants to reproduce. And since more than two-thirds of our crop species are dependent on these pollination services, these insects would be hard to live without. 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat are the result of animal-assisted pollination. Pollinating insects are in decline, and some are threatened with extinction.

Life

Invertebrates give us the gift of life. They are a vastly diverse group of wildlife that supports many of the world’s food chains from the bottom up. Species like birds, fish, small mammals, and even larger mammals depend on invertebrates for food. Invertebrates offer variety, biodiversity, and life as we know it. Without them, every ecosystem would collapse.

Wonder

Invertebrates give us the gift of wonder. Fireflies light up the night with bioluminescence. Caterpillars completely rearrange their biology to become butterflies in flight. Iridescent dragonflies can fly faster than your neighborhood speed limit. Those are just a few examples of how invertebrates fill the world with precious wonder. Many invertebrates are in decline, and some might disappear before you ever get to experience their magnificence. Some species, like the Xerces blue, are already gone.

 

How to Give Back 

To stem the losses of the insects that take care of us, we must take care of the landscape in which they live, from our backyards to city parks and from farms to wildlands. Everyone can make a difference. You too can stand up to insect declines. What can you do?

Create Habitat

Reimagine your garden: increase the diversity of native plants and ensure that there are places for insects to nest. A backyard or even an apartment balcony with a variety of potted plants can be an important stopover for the smallest of animals upon which we all depend.

Curb Pesticide Use

Pesticides are part of the reason invertebrates are struggling. Avoid using insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides to reduce stress on already vulnerable bees, butterflies, and other insects, as well as the animals that eat these insects for food.

Engage Your Community

Get out into your neighborhood and spread the word about this important movement. You can volunteer, become a community scientist, work with your local park or watershed group to protect and restore habitat, urge your hometown to join the Bee City USA network -- or simply talk to your neighbors.

Donate 

Here at Xerces we want to see insects thriving in all landscapes, and we will work hard to provide you with the tools you need in order to do your part. Working together, we can make change. Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift this Giving Tuesday to support this essential work. Thank you for your participation!