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Xerces Society staff are respected as reliable sources of science-based advice at the forefront of invertebrate protection, and can provide information and perspective on all aspects of invertebrate conservation.

Our team includes nationally recognized experts on a range of issues, including insect declines, protecting endangered species, climate change impacts, pollinator conservation, pesticide risk, habitat creation, and wildlife gardening. We work to understand and protect insects and other invertebrates in all landscapes, from wildlands to backyards.

In each of the last three years, Xerces staff were quoted or our work was mentioned in thousands of media articles that reached over one billion people worldwide.

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Recent Press Releases

Governor Phil Scott vetoed a bill Monday that would have protected bees and other wildlife from widespread contamination from neonicotinoid insecticides. May 20 is the United Nations-designated World Bee Day. H.706 phases out the use of neonicotinoid treated seeds on field crops by 2029 and places restrictions on some additional outdoor uses of neonicotinoids. Having been passed with a significant majority in both chambers, it is anticipated that the bill’s supporters will override the governor’s veto during a session in June.
Governor Jared Polis signed into law a bill Friday that gives Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), a division of the Department of Natural Resources, the authority to study and conserve pollinating insects, other invertebrates and rare plants. House Bill 24-1117 provides CPW the ability to study and take steps to conserve insects and other invertebrates, as well as rare plants. The bill also commits funding for staff positions to support invertebrate conservation efforts.
The Montana Bumble Bee Atlas is a new community science project that aims to better understand and protect the state’s bumble bees. The project is seeking volunteers to conduct field surveys across the state using a catch-and-release method to document the bees. The first volunteer workshops are scheduled for June 1, in Missoula, and June 15, in Bozeman.
Colorado’s legislature passed a bill that gives the state's wildlife agency the authority to study and conserve pollinating insects, other invertebrates and rare plants. Colorado is currently one of nine states where insects are not defined as wildlife under state law, which means the state’s wildlife agency has no authority to study or protect them.
A new statewide project is looking for Iowa volunteers to help researchers track and monitor the state’s at-risk bumble bees. The Iowa Bumble Bee Atlas is a collaboration between the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Iowa State University, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that aims to understand native bumble bee distributions and their habitat needs throughout the state.