Xerces just turned 40 years old and we simply want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us to reach this important milestone.
For the Society to be marking its fortieth birthday is, first of all, testament to the loyalty and generosity of our members. Today we have nearly 6,000 members in eleven nations, across six continents. We are so impressed by the generous support of our members, who stand by our work allowing us to advocate for the little creatures of the world.


We are grateful to the many foundations and government agencies (both federal and state) that have provided additional funding to support our programs, and to our partners in both the public and private sectors who collaborate with Xerces to make conservation projects happen. So much less would have achieved without their help.


Our heartfelt appreciation goes to everyone who has helped to support invertebrate conservation by contributing creative work to our publications. Thank you to the photographers whose photos grace Wings and other publications, and to the authors whose words fill the pages. Without their generous contributions, Wings would not exist.  


We are honored by the service and dedication of our board of directors, counselors, and scientific advisors who have guided the Society with their expertise throughout these years, allowing Xerces to become the professional organization that it is today.  


The growth of the Xerces Society from a small volunteer run organization to a one with a dedicated staff of 20 demonstrates the value of our mission. As we look ahead, we will continue to build on the work that has been accomplished over these forty years to ensure that the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat gains the attention that is deserves.    


From all of us at Xerces, thank you again for making this a wonderful year!  

Your contribution goes directly to support
* innovative conservation programs
* effective education and advocacy
* scientific and popular publications
1971 - 2011: Forty Years of Conservation
The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide for forty years, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.

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Protecting monarch overwintering groves in California was the focus of Xerces' first professional project. 

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