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As a science-based organization, the Xerces Society produces dozens of publications annually, all of which employ the best available research to guide effective conservation efforts. Our publications range from guidelines for land managers, to brochures offering overviews of key concepts related to invertebrate conservation, from books about supporting pollinators in farmland, to region-specific plant lists. We hope that whatever you are seeking—whether it's guidance on making a home or community garden pollinator-friendly, advice on developing a local pesticide reduction strategy, or detailed information on restoring habitat—you will find it here!


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Guidelines for Protecting Fireflies in the United States and Canada
Fireflies are some of our most celebrated insects. They have immense cultural, biological, and economic importance and are important components of natural ecosystems. Their public appeal also makes them ideal flagship species for conservation. They are found all over the world, on every continent except Antarctica, living in temperate and tropical areas. More than two thousand species have been described, with nearly 170 in the United States and Canada.
This regional list of monarch nectar plants is geared toward gardeners, landscape designers, and land managers who are implementing small- to large-scale monarch restoration projects in California.
Thank you for your interest in partnering with Xerces to protect the life that sustains us! We value the role that businesses of all sizes can play in helping us realize our mission and goals. By becoming a business partner, your company can express support for invertebrates and the ecological roles they provide—and let your customers know that you’re stepping up to protect these animals. After reviewing this information, please contact us with your partnership idea through our Corporate Support Inquiry Form or by email at [email protected]
Donor Newsletter of the Xerces Society
Our twice-yearly update for members, which highlights key Xerces Society projects and current conservation efforts.
for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
The plants in this list are recommended for use in pollinator habitat restoration and enhancement projects in agricultural landscapes in the California Sierra Foothills Region.
Minimizing Risks to Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
Even pesticides allowed for use in organic agriculture can cause harm to bees and other beneficial insects. This guide provides a brief overview of how to select and apply pesticides for organic farm operations while minimizing pollinator mortality.
A Comparative Overview
This fact sheet is intended to be a quick reference to help you select and use organically-approved pesticides with the least impact on bees and other beneficial insects.

Information about the contents of and how to plant the California monarch and pollinator habitat kits

In California, climate change is expected to cause higher temperatures, more frequent and longer heat waves, and increased drought frequency and severity. Extreme weather events will also become more common. These challenges posed by climate change are extensive, but there ways you can increase climate resilience for pollinators in your yard, neighborhood park, or whole community.
The western monarch population is now less than 1% of its size in the 1980s, and urgent action is needed to stabilize their numbers. Here's how farmers can help.