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  • Title: The Xerces Society
    Descriptive info: .. about.. mission.. staff.. board of directors.. story.. how we work.. publications.. contact us.. job opportunities.. funders.. annual reports.. home.. programs.. pollinator conservation.. endangered species.. aquatic invertebrates.. butterfly conservation.. books.. guidelines.. identification guides.. fact sheets.. brochures.. wings magazine.. red lists.. plant lists.. articles.. petitions.. comments.. reports.. news.. xerces news.. press releases.. enewsletters.. archive.. invertebrates.. bees.. beetles.. butterflies and moths.. caddisflies.. crustaceans.. dragonflies and damselflies.. flies.. freshwater sponges.. mayflies.. mollusks.. stoneflies.. true bugs.. worms.. our work.. advocacy.. policy.. education and outreach.. applied research.. support.. membership.. give.. store.. events.. 1971-2011: Forty Years of Conservation!.. The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat.. For forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.. Features.. Now Hiring a Pollinator Habitat Restoration Specialist (Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region).. The Xerces Society is now hiring a Pollinator Habitat Restoration Specialist to provide technical support and training to conservation agencies and farmers on pollinator conservation and native plant restoration.. The application period will close on Sunday, October 21, 2012.. Read More.. 2013 Dragonflies of North America Calendar on sale now!.. Produced by the Xerces Society this stunning calendar provides brief notes about dragonfly natural history, behaviors, and conservation needs.. Calendars are $15 each and include shipping to US addresses.. Read more.. Xerces seeks protection for Island Marble Butterfly.. The Xerces Society petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the island marble butterfly, one of America s most endangered animals, as an Endangered Species under the US Endangered Species Act.. Bring Back the Pollinators.. Bring Back the Pollinators promotes four principles: grow pollinator-friendly flowers, provide nest sites, avoid pesticides, and spread the word.. You can join this campaign by signing the pledge!.. Dragonfly Pond Watch Project.. The Migratory Dragonfly Partnership has launched the new Dragonfly Pond Watch project to investigate movements of migratory dragonfly species in North America.. This project engages citizen scientist monitors to contribute valuable data based on their observations at local ponds.. Conserving Bumble Bees.. Some formerly common bumble bee species have experienced rapid population declines..  ...   2012 Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses.. Full day trainings will be held in select states across the country and will provide land managers and conservationists with the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines.. Pollinator Conservation Resource Center.. A wealth of information is currently available on the plants and guidance needed to implement pollinator conservation projects.. This comprehensive resource center will help you find information that is appropriate for your area.. Attracting Native Pollinators.. Buy your copy of.. Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North Americas Bees and Butterflies.. , described by Douglas Tallamy as belonging “on the bookshelf of everyone who values the future of the natural world.. ” Visit our online store to order your copy now.. Wings: Essays on Invertebrate Conservation.. Spring 2012.. :.. Endangered Species.. In this issue of.. Wings.. we provide a deeper understanding of the range of efforts dedicated to the preservation of rare invertebrates.. Sign up as a Xerces member today to receive.. Wings.. twice a year!.. Click here to donate.. Latest Xerces News.. Controversial Pesticide Linked to Bee Collapse.. Pesticide-dosed bees lose future royalty, way home: Low doses of insecticides can lead to fewer queens, shrinking colonies.. Insects the neglected 99 percent.. Monarch butterflies return in surprising numbers.. Farmers nationwide plant bee-friendly habitat to attract native pollinators, bolster honeybees.. Join our email list.. Photo Credits.. Sunflower bee (.. Svastra sp.. ) by Sarah Greenleaf.. Mayfly (.. Ameletus ludens.. ) by David Funk,.. Stroud Water Research Center.. Partula snail (.. Partula nodosa.. ) by Joel Sartore,.. Joel Sartore Photography.. Monarch butterflies (.. Danaus plexippus.. ) by Frans Lanting,.. Frans Lanting Photography.. Fender's Blue butterfly (.. Icaricia icarioides fenderi.. ) by Dana Ross.. Fairy shrimp (.. Eubranchipus vernalis.. ) by Piotr Naskrecki,.. InsectPhotography.. com.. Metallic sweat bee (.. Agapostemon sp.. ) by Mace Vaughan, The Xerces Society.. Fiery-eyed Dancer damselfly (.. Argia oenea.. ) by John C.. Abbott,.. John C.. Abbott Nature Photography.. Snowberry clearwing moth (.. Hemaris diffinis.. ) by Aaron Barna,.. Aaron Barna Photography.. The Xerces Society 628 NE Broadway Ste 200, Portland OR 97232 USA tel 855.. 232.. 6639 fax 503.. 233.. 6794.. info@xerces.. org.. site map.. contact.. contact the webmaster..

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  • Title: The Xerces Society » Enewsletters
    Descriptive info: Enewsletters.. September 2012.. Silent Spring at 50: Honoring Rachel Carson s Enduring Legacy.. Published fifty years ago this month,.. Silent Spring.. opened a window onto the effect of chemical pesticides on the environment.. We encourage you to read or re-read it today to keep its important message going.. August 2012.. Dragonflies: Help Untangle the Mysteries of Migration.. Millions of dragonflies migrate between Canada, the United States, and Mexico each year.. Help us to learn more about these amazing creatures by becoming a volunteer Pond Watch monitor.. July 2012.. Saving Our Bumble Bees: Protecting America s Essential Pollinators.. Xerces is working to conserve bumble bees and we need your help! Have you spotted a bumble bee nest, or one of our wanted bumble bees? We want to hear about it!.. June 2012.. Share the Buzz.. Concerned about the plight of pollinators, Whole Foods Market and its vendor companies have launched a new Share the Buzz bee conservation initiative.. May 2012.. Dragonfly Pond Watch.. April 2012.. March 2012.. Xerces on the World Stage.. Xerces staff traveled many miles in February, visiting Abu Dhabi, The Netherlands, and Germany, to collaborate with partners world-wide on invertebrate conservation.. February 2012.. Winter Stoneflies.. A snowy creek bank teeming with insects? Not exactly what those of us in colder climates would expect to see on a winter day.. However, winter stoneflies do the unexpected: they brave the cold.. January 2012.. Xerces in 2012.. Here is a glimpse of some of the projects that Xerces will be working on in 2012.. We will be busy protecting dragonflies, bumble bees, monarchs, fresh water mussels, and many more invertebrates.. December 2011.. Thank You to Our Supporters.. Xerces just turned 40 years old and we simply wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped us reach this important milestone..  ...   the eye can see.. With there eye-catching iridescent colors and bold markings, tiger beetles have long been targets for collectors.. May 2011.. Mardon Skipper, an LBB of the Butterfly World.. Within the past decade a resurgence of scientific research on the species has led to important discoveries regarding the mardon s habitat requirements.. April 2011.. Freshwater Mussels.. Freshwater mussels have a remarkable life cycle that is inextricably linked with native fish and healthy waters.. March 2011.. New Pollinator Book + Wildflower Seed = Action for Bees.. The Xerces Society now offers everything you need to conserve North America s bees and butterflies.. February 2011.. Spring Ahead with Bumble Bee Garden Kits from The Xerces Society.. For the first time ever, the Xerces Society is pleased to offer a Bumble Bee Garden Kit consisting of some of the best native wildflowers for attracting bumble bees in the United States.. January 2011.. Announcing the Release of Attracting Native Pollinators.. The Xerces Society is proud to announce the release of an important new book,.. December 2010.. The Xerces Society Works to Give Butterflies a Global Voice.. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has re-formed its Butterfly Specialist Group and named Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society, as the group s chair.. October 2010.. Announcing the Release of.. Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year.. by Robert M.. Pyle.. Mariposa Road.. recounts Bob Pyle s epic cross country butterfly adventure.. September 2010.. 2011 North American Bee Calendar on Sale Now!.. The Xerces Society is happy to offer the 2011 North American Bee Calendar.. July 2010.. A Special Thank You to Our Supporters.. The Xerces Society would like to thank our supporters across the country who are promoting invertebrate conservation.. photo:.. Malone jumping slug (.. Hemphillia malonei.. ) by William Leonard..

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  • Title: The Xerces Society » 2013 Dragonflies of North America Calendar
    Descriptive info: 2013 Dragonflies of North America Calendar.. Produced by the Xerces Society, this 9.. 5 x 12 calendar features stunning photography of these dramatic insects, accompanied by brief notes about their natural history, behaviors, and conservation needs.. Month by month you will discover new facts about dragonflies and damselflies, learn about how you can watch them in the wild, and find out how you can contribute to citizen-science projects tracking dragonflies as they migrate from Canada to Mexico.. Preview the calendar.. Calendars cost $15 each and include shipment by USPS to  ...   order by November 30th.. International Orders.. Calendars shipped to Canada are $18 each and calendars shipped to non-US/Canadian addresses are $20 each.. Calenders shipped to non-US addresses may take more than 2-3 weeks to arrive and holiday delivery is not guaranteed.. Please select the appropriate destination in the drop down menu below.. If you plan to order 15 or more calendars, please call our office for assistance.. Mailing Destination.. US Address $15.. 00 USD.. CA Address $18.. Non US/CA Address $20.. Red rock skimmer (.. Paltothemis lineatipes.. ), © Dustin Huntington..

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  • Title: The Xerces Society » Dragonfly Pond Watch Project
    Descriptive info: What is Dragonfly Pond Watch?.. Dragonfly Pond Watch is a volunteer-based program of the.. Migratory Dragonfly Partnership.. (MDP) to investigate the annual movements of five major migratory dragonfly species in North America: Common Green Darner (.. Anax junius.. ), Black Saddlebags (.. Tramea lacerata.. ), Wandering Glider (.. Pantala flavescens.. ), Spot-winged Glider (.. Pantala hymenaea.. ), and Variegated Meadowhawk (.. Sympetrum corruptum.. ).. By visiting the same wetland or pond site on a regular basis, participants will be placed to note the arrival of migrant dragonflies moving south in the fall or north in the spring, as well as to record when the first resident adults of these species emerge in the spring.. Download a flyer about the Pond Watch Project.. here.. Why monitor ponds?.. Collecting seasonal information at local ponds will increase our knowledge of the timing and location of dragonfly migration across North America, and expand our understanding of the relationship between migrant and resident populations within the same species.. Who can participate?.. Anyone with regular access to a large pond or wetland who has an interest in dragonfly ecology and would like to contribute to our growing knowledge about dragonfly migration in North America.. How can I get involved?.. Select a local pond or ponds of your choice to make observations for any of the five focal species: Common Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Wandering Glider, Spot-winged Glider, and Variegated Meadowhawk.. Make regular visits to your selected site; the frequency of site visits is your choice, but please try to make observations at least once per month.. Record data on your location, dragonfly species presence/absence, and when possible, capture photo vouchers.. There is no prescribed survey or monitoring method; simply visit your local pond(s) and make observations of the five target species during the time you have available.. For additional information about the project, pond selection, and data collection please see the.. MDP Monitoring Protocols.. A sample data sheet that may be used at the same site on multiple dates can be downloaded.. No prior experience with dragonflies is needed recognizing these five species is easy to learn! Check out the MDP.. Field Guide.. to Migratory Dragonflies to start learning how to identify these species.. Visit the photo gallery at OdonataCentral to see an array of photos of.. Common Green Darner.. ,.. Black Saddlebags.. Wandering Glider.. Spot-winged Glider.. , and.. Variegated Meadowhawk.. Please follow the instructions below to get started:.. 1.. Pond Registration.. :.. a) Log in to the MDP website (.. http://www.. migratorydragonflypartnership.. ) to register a pond or ponds of your choice in your region.. If you are already a registered user of OdonataCentral (.. odonatacentral.. org/.. ), the same username and password will also allow you to log in to the MDP site.. If you need to create a new account on MDP, just click on the Login link in the right-hand status bar and you will be able to register as a new user.. b) To add your site  ...   you have registered your site you will be able to record your observations of the five target species by clicking on My Observations at the top of the page.. All data entry is automated.. *************************************************************************************.. Finally, in the course of monitoring target species at your wetland, you may become interested in other dragonfly and damselfly species that you see.. If you would like to submit any other observations about the odonate community at your site, you can do so at.. OdonataCentral.. People who are already registered users of OC can use their credentials to login to the MDP site, but it is not backwards compatible—in other words, if you are registered on the MDP site your credentials will not work automatically on the OC site.. We suggest new users use the same username and password to register for both MDP and OC.. Please note that each record submitted to OdonataCentral MUST be accompanied by a photograph to allow species identification to be confirmed.. Though not specific to migration, species reports from the same site over time could enable detection of changes in overall odonate biodiversity as well as shifts in distributions or emergence dates, and potential range extensions for different species.. Is there more that I can do at my pond?.. The MDP.. Stable Isotope Project.. is examining the connectivity of Common Green Darner populations in eastern North America.. If you are willing to collect adults and/or exuviae of Common Green Darners and live in the area targeted in this study, please contact.. Sara Zahendra.. (.. szahendra.. vtecostudies.. org.. ).. for information on how to participate.. Dr.. Mike May, an MDP steering committee member and odonate expert at Rutgers University, is conducting a related investigation on the fat content of migrant dragonflies.. You can help with this study if you live in the northeastern U.. (from New Jersey northwards) or northern Canada and are willing to collect adults of any of the five main migratory species (.. Spot-Winged Glider.. , or.. May is interested in early spring specimens of all 5 species, and in specimens of all except Common Green Darner taken in midsummer and fall.. Specimens should be dried, not processed in acetone, and should have at least one intact forewing and hindwing.. Specimens can be sent to Dr.. May at Department of Entomology, Blake Hall, 93 Lipman Drive, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8524, U.. S.. A.. Thank you for contributing your time and effort to increase our understanding of dragonfly migration throughout North America.. We will provide regular feedback and reports to participants so you can see how you are making a difference!.. Program Features.. Main page.. Macroinvertebrate streamflow indicators.. Red list of aquatic invertebrates.. Western freshwater mussels.. Wetland invertebrate biomonitoring.. Identification guides.. Program Highlights.. Report from Xerces.. 2007-2010 wetland bioassessment study.. Invertebrate taxa list.. for Willamette Valley, Oregon wetlands.. Additional Information.. Xerces Aquatic Publications.. Aquatic Invertebrate Resources.. Links.. Contact.. Common Green Darner (.. ) by Greg W.. Lasley Nature Photography http://www.. greglasley.. net..

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  • Title: The Xerces Society » Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?
    Descriptive info: A Review of Research into the Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Bees, with Recommendations for Action.. By Jennifer Hopwood, Mace Vaughan, Matthew Shepherd, David Biddinger, Eric Mader, Scott Hoffman Black, Celeste Mazzacano.. A possible link between neonicotinoids and honey bee die-offs has led to controversy across the United States and Europe.. Beekeepers and environmentalists have expressed growing concern about the impact of neonicotinoids, concern based on the fact that neonicotinoids are absorbed into plant tissue and can be present in pollen and nectar, making them toxic to pollinators.. This report details potential negative impacts of neonicotinoids insecticides to honey bees and other important pollinators.. It also makes recommendations on how we can better protect bees.. Click here.. to view a full PDF of the report.. Some of the major findings of the report include:.. Several of these insecticides are highly toxic to honey bees and bumblebees.. Neonicotinoid residues are found in pollen and nectar consumed by pollinators such as bees and butterflies.. The residues can reach lethal concentrations in some situations.. Neonicotinoids can persist in soil for months or years after a single application.. Measurable amounts of residues were found in woody plants up to six years after application.. Untreated plants may absorb chemical residues left over in the soil from the previous year.. Products  ...   label guidance for products used in agriculture is not always clear or consistent.. The report recommends that regulators reassess the bee safety of all neonicotinoid pesticide products, reexamine or suspend all conditional registrations until we understand how to manage risks, and require clear labels so that consumers know that these products kill bees and other pollinators.. The report also recommends that the US Environmental Protection Agency adopt a more cautious approach to approving all new pesticides, using a comprehensive assessment process that adequately addresses the risks to honey bees, bumble bees, and solitary bees in all life stages.. main page.. pollinator resource center.. agriculture.. organic farming resources.. managing habitat for pollinators.. gardens.. parks golf courses.. bumble bees in decline.. red list of bees.. resources for teachers.. xerces pollinator publications.. Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies.. is now in its second printing, less than a year after its initial release.. On-line presentation.. on pollinator conservation basics in farm landscape.. The Xerces Society works with congressional staff to include.. pollinators in the Farm Bill.. Xerces organizes a.. briefing to D.. C.. legislators.. on honeybees, Colony Collapse Disorder and native pollinators.. The National Research Council issues a.. report.. on the Status of Pollinators in North America.. Agriculturally important.. Long-horned bee (Melissodes sp.. ) on sunflower by Mace Vaughan..

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  • Title: The Xerces Society » Impacts of Forest Management on Land Snails and Slugs
    Descriptive info: Impacts of Forest Management on Land Snails and Slugs.. The Xerces Society has just released a.. literature review summarizing the effects of logging, road building and burning on snails and slugs.. This document, funded by the Interagency Special Status and Sensitive Species Program, was designed to help BLM and Forest Service biologists better understand and evaluate the effects of forest land management actions on terrestrial mollusks, and implement effective conservation measures to meet agency Sensitive species policy goals.. We are hopeful that this review will be a useful tool not only for Forest Service and BLM personnel, but also for other federal, state, and private land managers faced with gastropod conservation issues.. Snails and slugs are essential components of forest ecosystems.. They decompose forest litter, recycle nutrients, build soils, and provide food and calcium for birds, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and invertebrates.. Although mollusks have been a crucial part of the ecology of temperate forests for millennia, recent loss and fragmentation of natural habitats due to clearcut logging, road-building, and altered fire regime have resulted in both extinction and extinction risk for many mollusk species (e.. g.. , Curry et al.. 2008).. Mollusks (including aquatic species) represent 20% of all threatened animals, and 37% of known animal extinctions since 1600 A.. D.. (Seddon 1998 in Dunk et al.. 2004).. In an era where the extinction rate is an estimated 400 times the natural rate (reviewed in Werner Raffa 2000), it is important for land managers to take mollusks into consideration when developing or re-evaluating strategies for managing forests ecosystems to achieve forest health and biodiversity conservation goals.. Key findings of the review include:.. While some level of exposure in the physical environment is tolerated by certain mollusks, most species are extremely sensitive to temperature and moisture extremes.. Research suggests that the majority of snails and slugs are dependent on litter from deciduous trees and have higher abundances in multispecies forests with strong broadleaf components.. Additionally, mollusks in deciduous forests appear to  ...   to maintain pre-harvest boreal gastropod assemblages and will likely conserve boreal gastropod species if used as a tool for biodiversity management.. Fragmented habitat limits the dispersal and post-disturbance recolonization potential of gastropods.. Tracts of intact forest and connected groups of old trees help provide dispersal corridors for gastropods and can lead to significant increases in the survival of disturbance-sensitive species.. Research suggests that techniques that minimize soil compaction and damage to (or removal of) the organic layer favor survival of gastropods.. For example, Timberjacks have been found to cause less damage to the organic mat and resident invertebrate populations than feller bunchers, single-grip harvesters, and grapple skidders.. Due to the tendency of mollusks to avoid non-vegetated and/or dry environments, even narrow, unpaved roads with low traffic densities are barriers to the dispersal of mollusks.. Numerous studies have found negative and long-lasting responses of gastropods to fire, including population extirpation and reductions in abundance and species richness.. Small burns surrounded by unburned plots have been most successful at maintaining gastropod community structure.. Although there is little information comparing gastropod responses to differences in burn severity and frequency, it is presumed that a fire regime involving low-intensity burns at infrequent fire-return intervals ( 5 years) would best maintain gastropod communities.. bumblebees in decline.. western freshwater mussels.. red list of aquatic invertebrates.. red list of butterflies and moths.. Pacific Northwest butterflies.. at risk invertebrates.. The Xerces Society petitioned the federal government to obtain Endangered Species Act protection for seven.. Hawaiian yellow-faced bees.. The report.. Without A Net: Top ten wildlife, fish and plants in need of Endangered Species Act protection.. highlights the island marble butterfly.. Scott Hoffman Black.. testifies.. to the U.. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on the abuses of the Endangered Species Act by high level USFWS employees.. The Xerces Society files an Endangered Species Act.. petition.. to protect.. Susan's purse-making caddisfly.. The Xerces Society submits.. on the critical habitat designation for the endangered.. Salt Creek tiger beetle.. endangered species publications.. links..

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  • Title: The Xerces Society » Increasing the Availability of Native Milkweed Seed
    Descriptive info: Increasing the Availability of Native Milkweed Seed.. Milkweeds (.. Asclepias.. spp.. ) are the required host plants for caterpillars of the monarch butterfly (.. ) and thus play a critical role in the monarch’s lifecycle.. The loss of milkweed plants in the monarch’s spring and summer breeding areas across the United States is believed to be a significant factor contributing to the reduced number of monarchs recorded in overwintering sites in California and Mexico.. Intensifying agriculture, development of rural lands, and the use of mowing and herbicides to control roadside vegetation have all reduced the abundance of milkweeds in the landscape.. To reverse this trend, the.. North American Monarch Conservation Plan.. (published in 2008 by the tri-national Commission for Environmental Cooperation) recommends the planting of regionally appropriate native milkweed species.. Commercial sources of locally native milkweed seed are scarce throughout the monarch’s first generation spring breeding range in the southern United States and this limits opportunities to include milkweeds in regional restoration efforts.. In 2010, with support from the.. Monarch Joint Venture.. and a.. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.. Conservation Innovation Grant, the Xerces Society initiated a multi-state project to increase the availability of milkweed seed for large-scale restoration efforts in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida.. Xerces is working with native seed producers and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Program to increase the production of local ecotype native milkweed seed and develop propagation guidelines for various milkweed species.. To further support this effort, the Xerces Society is:.. • raising public awareness about their value for monarchs and native pollinators,.. • developing guidelines on using milkweeds in habitat restoration,.. • promoting the inclusion of milkweeds in large-scale restoration efforts, and.. • working to build new markets for milkweed seed within the native seed industry.. For More Information.. Click on the icons below to read about our milkweed seed increase project, California native milkweeds, and a guide to the native milkweeds of California.. Milkweed Population Survey.. The Xerces Society, with support from the Monarch Joint Venture, has prepared a short web-based survey to gather information about the location of milkweed stands in the western states that potentially serve as important monarch breeding areas.. If you know where milkweed grows, we d appreciate you completing the.. survey.. Agency Partners.. The NRCS Plant Materials Program develops innovative planting technology to solve the nation s most important resource concerns and is a proven leader in conservation plant selection.. The Plant Materials Program  ...   Xerces continues to work with Hedgerow Farms to establish seed production fields for additional California milkweed species.. Hedgerow Farms specializes in producing high quality seed of source-identified California native grasses, sedges, rushes and forbs, and also sells plug transplants.. Hedgerow Farms’ plant materials are used for habitat restoration, agricultural revegetation, erosion control, and urban and rural landscaping.. Hedgerow Farms also offers a.. seed mix.. developed with the Xerces Society for general pollinator conservation projects in California.. Native American Seed.. Asclepias asperula and Asclepias viridis seed production field at the Native American Seed Farm, Junction, Texas.. Xerces has partnered with Native American Seed, one of the largest native seed producers in Texas, to increase the seed production of two milkweed species, antelope horns (.. Asclepias asperula.. ssp.. capricornu.. ) and green milkweed (.. Asclepias viridis.. Both species are important host plants for spring migrating monarchs that arrive in Texas upon their return from overwintering sites in Mexico.. Native American Seed offers 100% native and locally harvested wildflower grass seeds, plant materials that are invaluable for the preservation of a unique genetic diversity and for the restoration of ecosystems.. Community Partners in Arizona.. Arizona Western College.. Xerces and Arizona Western College are working together to produce rush milkweed (.. Asclepias subulata.. ) seed.. This unique, desert-adapted species has photosynthetic stems, is nearly leafless, and blooms several times per year.. Environmental Biology professor Ted Martinez and his students are propagating seedlings in the greenhouse and establishing a seed production field.. The students will maintain and care for the plants, monitor their use by monarch and queen butterflies, and harvest the seed.. Painted Lady Vineyard.. Asclepia asperula seedling production at Greenheart Farms.. The Painted Lady Vineyard in Skull Valley is working with the Xerces Society to produce seed of spider milkweed (.. This species grows in open woodlands, chaparral, grasslands, and along roadsides, and bears striking ball-shaped clusters of purple and green flowers.. The Vineyard and volunteers are establishing a seed production field, using seedlings produced by.. Greenheart Farms.. in Arroyo Grande, California.. For more information about Xerces’ milkweed seed increase project, please contact.. Brianna Borders.. brianna.. xerces.. , Plant Ecologist.. IUCN SSC butterfly specialist group.. monarch campaign.. joan dewind award.. The Xerces Society has awarded two $3,750.. Joan M.. DeWind awards.. for research into lepidoptera conservation.. Butterfly-a-thon.. pledges raise $30 per species that Bob Pyle observes for butterfly conservation work.. butterfly conservation publications.. monarch butterfly (.. ) on milkweed (.. Asclepias.. sp.. ) by Doug Tallamy..

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  • Title: The Xerces Society » Events
    Descriptive info: Events.. Migratory Dragonfly Short Course in Texas.. Saturday, September 29, 2012.. 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.. Austin, TX.. This course will be led by renowned dragonfly expert John Abbott from the University of Texas.. This day-long short course will provide an overview of dragonfly life history, ecology, and migratory behavior and train participants to identify key migratory species and contribute data to ongoing Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP) citizen science research projects.. Read more or register online.. Bring Back the Pollinators, Lecture by Scott Hoffman Black.. Sunday, September 30, 2012.. 12:00 PM 1:00 PM.. Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.. As a part of Humboldt State University s 2012 Biodiversity Conference, please join Xerces executive director, Scott Hoffman Black, for an afternoon lecture titled,.. Bring Back the Pollinators: Protecting These Essential Creatures.. No registration is required and the event is free.. Please check the conference schedule closer to the event for time or location changes.. Wednesday, October 10, 2012.. 7:30 PM 8:30 PM.. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.. As a part of Humboldt State University s 2012 Biodiversity Conference, please join Xerces executive director, Scott Hoffman Black, for an evening lecture titled,.. Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses in Rhode Island.. 9:30 AM 3:30 PM EDT.. Providence, RI.. Instructed by Jolie Goldenetz Dollar, Pollinator Habitat Restoration Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Region.. This day-long short course will equip conservationists, land managers, farm educators, and agricultural professionals with  ...   for pollinators is an effective way to meet National Organic Program requirements to improve natural diversity.. Common bee crop pollinators will be on display throughout the conference in the exhibit area.. Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses in Washington.. Thursday, November 8, 2012.. 9:00 AM 4:00 PM PST.. Port Townsend, WA.. This course will be instructed by Eric Mader, Assistant Pollinator Program Director.. This day-long short course will equip farmers, agricultural professionals, farm educators, conservationists, and land managers with the latest science-based approaches to increasing crop security and reversing the trend of pollinator decline, especially in heavily managed agricultural landscapes.. Additional Migratory Dragonfly Short Courses 2012-2013.. Future Migratory Dragonfly Short Courses are currently in the planning stages in the following locations: Cape May, NJ (September 15, 2012); Austin, TX (September 29,2012); Ontario, Canada (summer 2012); and Chicago, IL (April 2013).. The objective of these one-day events is to train participants to identify key migratory species and contribute data to ongiong.. MDP citizen science projects.. For more information, contact.. alexa.. Additional Pollinator Short Courses 2010 2013.. Future Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses are currently in the planning stages in many states, including California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alaska, Hawaii, and West Virginia.. Antarctic krill (.. Euphausia superba.. ) by Uwe Kils..

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  • Title: The Xerces Society » Pollinator Conservation Resource Center
    Descriptive info: Welcome to the Pollinator Conservation Resource Center, where you can find regional information about plant lists, habitat conservation guides, and more.. Scroll over the map below and click on your region of the country.. For questions or comments about the Resource Center, or to suggest additional content, please contact.. Eric Mader.. eric.. , Xerces Assistant Pollinator Program Director.. This resource center  ...   University of California, Davis.. Significant funding was provided by a grant from NESARE.. Additional funding was provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Columbia Foundation, Turner Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, CS Fund, Wildwood Foundation, CERES/Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Bullitt Foundation, Organic Valley, Organic Farming Research Foundation, The White Pine Fund/The Hawksglen Foundation, and Xerces Society members..

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  • Title: The Xerces Society » Attracting Native Pollinators
    Descriptive info: Xerces most recent book,.. Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America s Bees and Butterflies.. , is available to purchase from our website.. The book is published in 2011 by Storey Publishing, North Adams, Massachusetts.. is coauthored by four Xerces Society staff members Eric Mader, Matthew Shepherd, Mace V.. aughan, and Scott Black in collaboration with Gretchen LeBuhn, a San Francisco State University botanist and director of th.. e.. Great Sunflower Project.. Since Xerces published the groundbreaking.. Pollinator Conservation Handbook.. in 2003, conservation practices have evolved, and the handbook has begun to show its age.. At 380 pages,.. provides dramatically expanded breadth and detail, reflecting the latest understanding about creating and managing pollinator habitat.. Illustrated with hundreds of color photographs and dozens of specially created illustrations,.. is divided into the following four detailed sections:.. Pollinators and Pollination.. explains the value of pollinators, and includes informative chapters on the natural history and habitat needs of bees, butterflies, flies, beetles,  ...   species, and supplies detailed profiles of more than thirty commonly encountered genera.. Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape.. shows how various kinds of land, including urban gardens, suburban parks, and farms, can be enhanced to support diverse pollinator populations.. Sample planting designs and fifty pages of illustrated plant lists facilitate selection of the best plants for any region.. belongs on the bookshelf of everyone who values the future of the natural world.. - Douglas W.. Tallamy, author of.. Bringing Nature Home.. Precise, elegant, and thoughtful, the recommendations offered by the Xerces Society will become essential to advancing a healthy and diverse food-production system.. - Gary Paul Nabhan, author of.. The Forgotten Pollinators.. and.. Renewing America s Food Tradition.. Preview the first 32 pages of.. Attracting Native Pollinators.. on Google Books.. PURCHASE NOW FROM OUR ONLINE STORE:.. $25 for members,.. members click here.. $30 for non-members,.. non-members click here.. $40 for non-US/non-Canadian addresses,.. international orders click here.. by Rufus Isaacs..

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  • Title: The Xerces Society » Wings Magazine
    Descriptive info: Wings Magazine.. is published twice each year for Xerces Society members.. Each issue features spectacular photos by leading photographers and articles by well-respected scientists and conservationists.. Join Xerces today to receive a copy of the latest issue.. !.. Please visit our.. if you would like to purchase past issues.. Contents of the Spring 2012 issue: Endangered Species.. “Endangered.. ” “Threatened.. ” “Critically imperiled.. ” “At-risk.. ” These are all terms we use to describe the plight of declining species, but what insight do they give us about conserving the animals that most need protection? The essays in this issue of Wings include stories of conservation success, nationwide citizen action, and dogged sleuthing, all in the cause of protecting invertebrates.. Our hope it to provide a deeper understanding of the range of efforts dedicated to the preservation of rare invertebrates, and to inspire greater action to save animals living on the edge.. This issue can be downloaded as a single PDF file,.. click here.. Introduction.. : Life on the Edge, by Scott Hoffman Black.. Page 3.. Summertime Blues.. , by Mitchell Magdich.. The Karner blue historically had a  ...   America.. A concerted effort by citizens, scientists, and conservation groups is helping Xerces to understand and save these essential pollinators.. Page 9.. Shedding Light on Little-Known Lives.. , by Sarah Foltz Jordan.. Large areas of the Pacific Northwest are managed by federal agencies.. Xerces has been collaborating with those agencies to understand and protect many of the rare invertebrate species that are under their care.. Page 14.. The Aloha Bees.. , by Karl Magnacca.. The oceanic islands of Hawaii are home to many unique species of wildlife.. The only bees native to the islands are tiny yellow-faced bees in the genus Hylaeus.. Page 19.. Invertebrates and the Endangered Species Act.. , by Scott Hoffman Black.. Since its passage in 1973, the ESA has been both lauded and reviled, but it remains a powerful tool for protection of rare invertebrates.. Page 24.. Xerces News.. , Xerces shares conservation award; protection for the Arapahoe snowfly; a new report on neonicotinoids and bees; Xerces launches Bring Back the Pollinators campaign; 2012 Joan Mosenthal DeWind Award winners; Xerces staff grows.. Page 29.. Orange-rumped bumble bee (.. Bombus melanopygus.. ) by Mace Vaughan..

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