|Here's a glimpse of some |
of the projects that we will be
working on this year.
|With the cake eaten and the decorations packed away, the celebrations around Xerces 40th anniversary are now fond memories. We're now looking ahead to a busy year as we build on the successes of past years and continue to strive to fulfill the expectations of our partners and supporters. Here are some highlights of what will we be working on in 2012.|
Our aquatic staff, Celeste Mazzacano and Michele Blackburn, will be focusing on the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, a collaborative effort among government agencies, academic institutions, and nonprofits across Mexico, USA, and Canada working to better understand and protect dragonfly migration in North America. Xerces will coordinate the partnership as it establishes a network of citizen scientist monitors to track the spring and fall migration of dragonflies. This includes producing a field guide to North America's migratory dragonflies and developing and presenting a series of training courses for monitors in Canada and the US. The partnership will also be building the capacity of partners in Mexico to track and identify migrating dragonflies.
In addition to this work, we'll continue our outreach, education, and surveying work to protect freshwater mussels, and will publish guidelines for ecologically sound mosquito management.
During 2012, our endangered species team - Sarina Jepsen, Sarah Foltz Jordan, Carly Voight, and our newest staff member, Rich Hatfield - will continue long-term projects to protect tiger beetles, butterflies, and stoneflies, while also ramping up our efforts to protect wild bumble bees. Our citizen scientists are helping to identify where at-risk bumble bee species are still found in North America, information that supported a status review and petition for their protection and continues to inform conservation activities. This year, we will work with land managers to develop conservation plans to protect imperiled bumble bees on their property. Xerces is also continuing its leadership role in the IUCN Bumblebee Specialist Group, which is working to understand and protect bumble bees worldwide.
Another major component of our endangered species work is our partnership with the ISSSSP, a consortium made up of the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. We are providing information, assessing threats and conservation concerns, conducting surveys, and developing management recommendations for hundreds of rare invertebrate species on public lands in the Pacific Northwest. This work has led to additional species being protected, and to changes in public land management.
Xerces also has a two-part project to conserve monarch butterflies. The first part focuses on overwintering sites in coastal California. Carly Voight is monitoring monarch populations, working with monarch scientists to develop management recommendations for these locations, providing volunteer workshops, and working with lawyers to complete a review of laws that govern the protection of monarch overwintering habitat. This project has grown from the fantastic work of Mia Monroe and many other volunteers, who have been counting overwintering monarchs since the 1990s. The second part is to encourage the large-scale planting of locally native milkweeds as breeding habitat for monarchs. Our plant ecologist, Brianna Borders, is working with native plant specialists in six states to mass produce milkweeds for seed production and distribute that seed to land managers for planting.
Finally, our pollinator program is gearing up for another busy summer presenting highly acclaimed short courses across the country and will continue to work with government agencies and farmers to create and manage pollinator habitat. Under the leadership of Mace Vaughan and Eric Mader, this program now has field staff four states - Jessa Guisse (California), Jennifer Hopwood (Michigan), Jolie Goldenetz-Dollar (New Jersey), and Nancy Adamson (North Carolina) - each of whom manage regional training events and provide direct consulting to farmers and technical assistance to agency staff.
The pollinator program is especially excited about three new developments: soon-to-be-published guidelines for conservation biological control which will help farmers protect beneficial insects that prey upon crop pests and reduce the need for pesticides; a nationwide series of field trials on organic methods for habitat restoration; and the development of guidelines on pollinator conservation for organic seed producers who are concerned about contamination from nearby genetically modified crops.
To read more about what we're working on, click on any of the links in the text above. If you want to learn more about what Xerces has achieved over the past four decades, please read the most recent issue of Wings, our member magazine. Thank you for all of your support, and to the grant makers and donors who make this possible.
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Xerces' New Jersey-based staff member. Photograph by MaryBeth Sorrentino, New Jersey NRCS.
Aquascoping for freshwater mussels. Photograph by Eric Griswold.
Rusty-patched bumble bee, discovered and photographed by citizen-scientist monitor Jen Knutson.
Monarch butterfly and several species of bees nectaring on showy milkweed. Photograph by John Anderson, Hedgerow Farms.
Eric Mader leads an on-farm short course in New Hampshire. Photograph by Don Keirstead, New Hampshire NRCS.