|A Special Thank You to Our Supporters...|
The Xerces Society would like to
thank our supporters across the country who are promoting invertebrate
conservation. From innovative farmers and inquisitive students to back yard
naturalists, your combined support makes the work of our Society possible. We
thank you all for your efforts! Today we would like to highlight a few
individuals who have taken great strides to contribute to our conservation
|MARTA ESTRADA - REDWOOD MONTESSORI SCHOOL|
Only 5 years old, Marta Estrada is already doing her part to help protect threatened and endangered invertebrates. This spring Marta raised $25 for Xerces' Monarch butterfly conservation and we greatly appreciate her efforts.|
Marta's fundraising began
when each member of her kindergarten class picked an endangered or threatened
species to study for one month. Marta chose the Monarch and learned all about
its life-cycle and habitat. Her teachers encouraged this project in hopes that
all the students will become life-long conservationists. Someday in the future,
Marta plans to travel to see the Monarchs up close. Luckily, since she lives
just north of the California
overwintering sites, she does not have far to go.
|ANDY ERNST - ERNST CONSERVATION SEED COMPANY|
Founded in the 1960s, Ernst Conservation Seed Company is a three-generation, family- owned and operated
business located in western Pennsylvania.
The company grows seed for roadside re-vegetation. Today Ernst is one of the
largest native grass and wildflower seed producers in eastern North
America, with hundreds of species and more than two thousand acres
of land in production. |
Andy Ernst, one of the
company's partners, is a major advocate for pollinator conservation. He is
working closely with Xerces to conduct native wildflower restoration project through
USDA-sponsored private landowner conservation programs, as well as land
reclamation efforts by other agencies. Read More >
|WILD FRIENDS - 2010 NEW MEXICO POLLINATOR LEGISLATION|
The Xerces Society commends everyone at Wild Friends for advocating
for pollinator conservation policy in New
Mexico. Wild Friends is a
network of students, teachers and mentors who support wildlife and seek
common-ground solutions to wildlife issues.
The 2010 New Mexico Legislature voted unanimously, in every
committee and both chambers, for the Wild Friends legislation requesting state
government agencies, public schools and colleges to use pollinator-friendly
plants in landscaping projects. Please visit wildfriends.unm.edu to learn more
about the organization and to read PDF versions of the memorials.
|STEVE WOOD - POVERTY LANE ORCHARDS/FARNUM HILL CIDERS|
Names like Hubbardston Nonsuch, Calville Blanc d'Hiver, Ribston Pippin, and
Esopus Spitzenberg have fallen from the language of most of America, but not at Poverty Lane
Orchards in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Something of an apple tree
museum comprised of heirloom varieties, Poverty Lane is a specialist producer of
hard cider. With these and other varieties preserved from medieval Europe and
Steve Wood one of the orchard's proprietors is resurrecting the lost art of
traditional hard cider production, while helping pollinators at the same time.
Read More >
|DIANE WILSON -CITIZEN SCIENTIST|
Diane lives in Colorado
and has been an amateur wildflower
photographer for many years. Last year she decided to photograph all the bee species in a 1/3-acre garden plot. Diane documented over seventy species
of bees, including the rare Western Bumble Bee! Diane sent her photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org,
and that record has contributed to our understanding of the bee's current range. The Western Bumble Bee used to exist across 14 states and 4
Canadian provinces, but in recent years, it has declined dramatically from
parts of its range.
"This seems like an incredible diversity in just a 1/3-acre
garden," noted Diane. "I think it is a good example of how we can plant
for bees and other pollinators in the urban environment to help maintain
pollinator populations and conserve our rare species."
The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
To learn more about our work, please visit www.xerces.org.
Your contribution goes directly to support|
· innovative conservation programs
· effective education and advocacy
· scientific and popular publications
If you are not already a member, please consider joining the Xerces Society. As a member, you will receive two issues of our member magazine Wings each year. Wings is a full color magazine that highlights essays on invertebrate conservation and is a great addition to your home library. For more information on membership please visit the membership page on our website.
Our website allows Xerces Members to renew their membership online. If you are not sure when your membership expires, email email@example.com or call the office at 503-232-6639. We want to make member renewal as easy as we can for our members, so please let us know if you have any suggestions.
Please visit our online store for books and publications on invertebrate conservation, including popular titles such as:|
· The Pollinator Conservation Handbook
· Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
· Butterfly Gardening
|Orange-rumped bumble bee (Bombus melanopygus) by Mace Vaughan|