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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.

We’re happy to give media interviews. Please direct all inquiries to Matthew Shepherd, Director of Communications & Outreach: (503) 807-1577, [email protected].

For general information about our work, please see our blog, publications, and other information on our website. Follow us on social media for the latest updates, as well.

Recent Press Releases

August 17, 2020
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation today filed a petition seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the western ridged mussel. The western ridged mussel, which can live for many decades in rivers and streams in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and Nevada, has been extirpated from 43% of its historic range.
August 05, 2020
As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to determine whether to renew dicamba product registrations for the 2021 growing season, a new report details how the herbicides pose serious threats to wild plants and the wildlife that depend upon them. The report from the National Wildlife Federation, Prairie Rivers Network and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Drifting Toward Disaster: How Dicamba Herbicides are Harming Cultivated and Wild Landscapes, reviews the state of the science on the potential far-reaching impacts of dicamba use.
August 05, 2020
A project to better understand the status of Missouri’s bumble bees is being launched this month thanks to a new conservation partnership. The Missouri Bumble Bee Atlas will combine the efforts of the Missouri Department of Conservation; the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; two nonprofit organizations, Quail and Pheasants Forever and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation; and volunteers spread throughout the state.
June 05, 2020
Newly published research found worrying levels of pesticides in milkweed plants growing in California’s Central Valley. More than 200 milkweed samples were gathered and a total of 64 different pesticides were found, with an average of nine per sample and as many as 25.
May 05, 2020
In response to a petition filed by the Xerces Society in 2012, today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized listing the island marble butterfly as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act and designated critical habitat.