The Xerces Society
Matthew Shepherd joins Cheri Hill in the studio. Matthew works with The Xerces Society, who work towards protecting pollinators, insects, and other invertebrates. Their name, The Xerces Society comes from a species of butterfly that is now extinct, The Xerces Blue.
The Xerces Society is dedicated to raising awareness for invertebrates that are endangered, help the environment, or both. Their membership includes a number of scientists, land managers, educators, and policy makers. For forty years of operations, The Xerces Society has raised awareness and protected lands for multiple species through scientific papers and public speaking.
In order to protect Invertebrates, such as Monarch Butterflies and Bumble Bees, it all comes down to changing environments. With Climate Change causing bloom times of plants to shift, bees and especially Monarchs lose breeding and feeding grounds. Another problem is the use of pesticides on already existing plants.
One of the best ways you can help out these insects are planting gardens, and if you need pesticides, use natural ones. And if a neighbor has a garden, communicate with them regarding their garden and if they use pesticides. Spread awareness about keeping a garden, and using natural pesticides if they're even needed at all.
You can find out more about The Xerces Society on their website.
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