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Press & Media

The Xerces team includes nationally recognized experts on a range of issues, including pollinator conservation, pesticide impacts, habitat creation, and protecting endangered species. We work to understand and protect insects and other invertebrates in all landscapes, from wildlands to backyards.

Our staff is known as a reliable source of science-based advice at the forefront of invertebrate protection, and can provide information and perspective on all aspects of invertebrate conservation. In each of the last three years, Xerces Society staff were quoted or our work was mentioned in thousands of media articles that reached over one billion people worldwide.

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.

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

Recent Press Releases

September, 08 2017
Monarch butterfly populations from western North America have declined far more dramatically than was previously known and face a greater risk of extinction than eastern monarchs, according to a new study in the journal Biological Conservation.
June, 19 2017
June 20, 2017—A new certification program enables farmers to show consumers they are farming in ways that benefit bees. The Bee Better CertifiedTM program is launched by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, in partnership with Oregon Tilth. The development of Bee Better Certified was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
March, 23 2017
Today, protection of the rusty patched bumble bee under the Endangered Species Act takes effect, making this the first bee in the continental United States to be federally protected. This historic moment comes as a result of a listing petition filed by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Steps can now be taken to work toward the recovery of this species, which previously was common from Minnesota to the Atlantic.
February, 16 2017
The monarch, one of the best known and most beloved butterflies in North America, faces an uncertain future. Loss of milkweed is the most significant factor contributing to declines in the eastern United States, yet little is known about the reasons for decline west of the Rockies. To help fill this information gap, the Xerces Society is launching the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper, a web-based project to map and better understand monarchs and their milkweed host plants across the western U.S.
February, 07 2017
A survey of monarch butterflies overwintering in California shows that the population has not rebounded. Although the total number of monarchs counted this year was greater than last, the difference is due to a large increase in volunteer effort. Counts at major sites were down when compared to recent years.