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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 programs.
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.
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 >
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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.  

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 colonial America, 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 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 bumblebees@xerces.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.
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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 suzanne@xerces.org 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
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