The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the diversity of life through the conservation of invertebrates. These diverse and wonderful creatures—butterflies, beetles, bees, ants, dragonflies, spiders, snails, lobsters, and starfish, to name but a few—are at the heart of a healthy environment, vital to life as we know it. They build the stunning coral reefs of our oceans, give color to the sparkling fields of springtime wildflowers, and serve as food for countless other animals.
The Society is named for the Xerces blue butterfly, the first butterfly species in North America known to become extinct as a result of human interference. For more than three decades, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate conservation, and has worked to educate the public about the valuable role invertebrates play within a healthy ecosystem.
The Society's current programs focus on native pollinator conservation, aquatic invertebrate monitoring, and protection of threatened, endangered, and vulnerable invertebrates and their habitat.
To learn more, please visit our website or contact: Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director The Xerces Society 4828 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97215 Phone: 503-232-6639 Web: www.xerces.org
More than 80 percent of the world's 250,000 flowering plants depend on animal pollinators, and roughly 15 to 30 percent of the food eaten throughout the world comes from plants pollinated by these creatures.