Announcing the new IUCN Butterfly Specialist Group
In 2011, a new door will open for the Xerces Society to spearhead efforts in global butterfly conservation. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has re-formed its Butterfly Specialist Group and named Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society, as the group's chair. Scott will work to bring together scientists and conservationists to facilitate butterfly conservation projects worldwide.

In 1976 the IUCN first formed a butterfly group (then called the Lepidoptera Specialist Group), with Robert Michael Pyle, founder of the Xerces Society, as its first chair. In its early years, Xerces focused solely on protecting butterflies. Although we have broadened our interests over the ensuing decades and now work on behalf of a wide variety of invertebrates (beetles, dragonflies, caddisflies, snails, to name just a few) butterflies have remained at the core of the Society's work.

At an IUCN meeting in Cambridge, England, this fall, Scott discussed his hopes that the Butterfly Specialist Group will prioritize work in countries and regions traditionally underserved by butterfly conservation organizations, so that meaningful progress can be made without duplicating their efforts. We will initially develop a questionnaire to be sent to butterfly researchers and conservationists worldwide to identify species or regions in most need of help. Once this needs assessment is complete an action plan will be developed to prioritize individual species status assessments, surveys, and direct conservation action.

If you work on butterfly conservation and wish to be involved and kept informed about activities of the IUCN Butterfly Specialist Group, please contact Ashley Minnerath, ashley@xerces.org.

Wings Fall 2010
Wings Fall 2010 coverTo mark our new IUCN partnership, the latest issue of our membership magazine, Wings. Essays on Invertebrate Conservation, is dedicated to global butterfly conservation. It includes articles illustrating some of the threats facing butterflies in Florida, Turkey, and Japan, and the inspiring efforts that are being made to protect them, as well as a history of butterfly conservation in Britain and the U.S and an overview of a project to assess the status of butterflies worldwide. All of the articles are viewable online at www.xerces.org to celebrate our new butterfly venture, but if you want guaranteed delivery of future issues, join the Society!
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Chalcedon checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona), by Caitlin LaBar.

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