XERCES SOCIETY INC

Protecting the life that sustains us

aka The Xerces Society   |   Washington, DC   |  https://xerces.org

Mission

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. Our name comes from the now-extinct Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces), the first butterfly known to go extinct in North America as a result of human activities. The Xerces blue's habitat was destroyed by development in the sand dunes of San Francisco, and the species was declared extinct by the 1940s.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Scott Hoffman Black

Main address

PO Box 97387

Washington, DC 20090 USA

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EIN

51-0175253

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Xerces Society serves as the voice for the "little things that run the world." From the world’s rarest butterflies, to caddisflies that live solely in one stream, to declining bumble bees, we are dedicated to protecting invertebrates and the ecosystems that depend on them—no matter how long it takes.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pollinator Program

Through our Pollinator Conservation Program staff work across the country to educate farmers, land managers, and the public about the importance of pollinators and establish habitat protection and management as keys to their conservation. We directly reach agricultural professionals and farmers through trainings, workshops, and other outreach events. We also developed a web-based Pollinator Conservation Resource Center that provides one stop shopping for anyone who is trying to implement pollinator conservation projects. Our work has now incorporated pollinators into agricultural conservation programs and provided technical assistance and training across the U.S. This has led to thousands of acres of habitat improvements for pollinators.

Population(s) Served

Our Endangered Species Program advocates on behalf of threatened, endangered, and at-risk invertebrates and their habitats, and works with agency staff to provide resources and training for their conservation. Over the last year we have worked to protect bumble bees, butterflies, freshwater mussels, tiger beetles and other invertebrates. We have successfully protected habitat on private and public lands for the most imperiled species and regularly provide resources for land managers that help them protect endangered insects and other wildlife.

Population(s) Served

We undertake a variety of activities to raise general awareness and appreciation of the valuable role of invertebrates. One of our key activities in this program area includes twice a year publication of our magazine which features the work of renowned wildlife photographers, scientists, conservationists, and writers. Another aspect of this program is the Joan M. DeWind award. Each year two graduate or undergraduate students receive an award of $3,750 each for Lepidoptera research/conservation projects.

Population(s) Served

The Xerces Society conducts workshops from coast to coast for a variety of audiences—farmers, land managers, agency officials, gardeners, park managers, and others. Our trainings cover how to restore and enhance areas for pollinators and other beneficial insects; protect at-risk species such as bumble bees, tiger beetles, and butterflies; and monitor the health of streams, rivers, and wetlands.

The Xerces Society mobilizes volunteers to protect wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats by participating in community science, organizational tasks, and community engagement.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our key program areas are pollinator conservation, endangered species conservation, reducing pesticide use and impacts, and community engagement.

Our scientists seek to minimize the threats pesticides pose to invertebrates by advocating reduced usage, safer products, and more effective evaluation and regulation—including by providing support to communities in the process of adopting pesticide reduction plans. In the realm of pollinator conservation, we work with federal agencies to incorporate the needs of pollinators and other invertebrates into national conservation programs. We engage lawmakers to pass legislation to improve habitat for invertebrates. We also promote invertebrate protection under the Endangered Species Act and other federal and state laws.

The Xerces Society is a trusted source for science-based information and advice and plays a leading role in promoting the conservation of pollinators and many other invertebrates. We collaborate with people and institutions at all levels and our work to protect bees, butterflies, freshwater mussels and other invertebrates encompasses all landscapes. Our team draws together experts from the fields of habitat restoration, entomology, plant ecology, education, farming, and conservation biology with a single passion: Protecting the life that sustains us.

The first bee listed as endangered in the continental United States. In 2017, the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) was afforded protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Protection for one of North America's rarest butterflies, the island marble (Euchloe ausonides insulana) in 2018.

Over one million acres of habitat for monarch butterflies have been restored or created due to our advocacy to attain endangered species protection for this beloved species.

Twenty-eight communities in twelve states have banned the use of neonicotinoid insecticides thanks to guidance and support from Xerces scientists.

More than ten thousand people have signed the Pollinator Protection Pledge, creating a network of pollinator advocates that extends beyond the United States.

Engaged thousands of volunteers in community science projects, including Bumble Bee Watch, Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper, and Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, a two-decade-old project that has documented the decline of the monarch butterfly in western North America.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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XERCES SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2019
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Board chair

Linda Craig

Sacha Spector

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Linda Craig

Marla Spivak

University of Minnesota

David Frazee Johnson

University of Oregon

Logan Lauvray

Friends of Trees

Casey Sclar

American Public Gardens Association

Beth Robertson-Martin

General Mills

Rachael Winfree

Rutgers University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No