The Xerces Society

Portland, OR • The Xerces Society is a science-based nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.

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The Xerces Society


The Xerces Society is a nonprofit focused on animals. With $5.3m in revenue and 55 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 1975, The Xerces Society is headquartered in Portland, OR. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $4.5m.

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Xerces society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.

Pollinator Conservation

$2.1m annual program spend • The society's pollinator conservation program works across the united states to educate farmers, land managers, and the public about the importance of pollinating insects and other beneficial insects, and to establish habitat protection and management as keys to their conservation. It directly reaches agricultural professionals and farmers through trainings, workshops, and other outreach events across the united states. As a result of the society's work, native pollinators are now a key priority for agricultural conservation programs across the united states, and its efforts have led to almost 1 million acres of habitat improvements for these vital insects.

Endangered Species

$818k annual program spend • The society's 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. Its current work includes efforts to protect bumblebees, monarchs and other butterflies, freshwater mussels and other aquatic invertebrates, fireflies, snails and other invertebrates. The society's work has led to the protection and restoration of 1.5 million acres of habitat for some of the most imperiled animals on the planet. The society protects habitat on private and public lands for the most imperiled species and regularly provides resources that help land managers conserve at-risk insects and other wildlife.

Community Engagement

$272k annual program spend • The community engagement program provides resources on invertebrate conservation and engages with communities in urban and suburban areas. With most of the us population living in cities and towns, it is essential to provide resources and engage with these communities. It provides expertise on pollinator and other invertebrate habitat for community and school gardens, and through workshops offered around the united states. By engaging volunteers, or xerces ambassadors, the society educates and inspires individuals and communities to take action to conserve invertebrates. In 2018, the society expanded this program to include a new initiative, bee city USA, which aims to protect pollinators by raising awareness, enhancing habitat, and celebrating achievements of participating cities and campuses.

From The Xerces Society's website

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Help support science-based conservation: become a member or make a donation today!


  • Support Our Work
    with a Year-End Gift

    The magical light of fireflies may disappear
    from the modern world—unless we take action now.
    Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today to
    support Xerces’ essential conservation work.

  • Protecting
    great and

    Invertebrates are an essential part
    of all ecosystems, contributing to the
    survival of wildlife, the pollination of
    crops, and the health of our environment.
    The Xerces Society works to protect
    the life that sustains us.

    Photo: Debbie Roos / NCSU CES


The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. As a science-based organization, we both conduct our own research and rely upon the most up-to-date information to guide our conservation work. Our key program areas are: pollinator conservation, endangered species conservation, and reducing pesticide use and impacts. Scroll on to learn more about our work!

Our Work

Protecting the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.

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Conserving the Jewels of the Night

Xerces is working to conserve the full diversity of fireflies by advancing our understanding of their distributions, life histories, and extinction risks; identifying and addressing threats to their populations; recovering populations that have declined; and engaging the firefly research community in conservation.

Help Us Save Western Monarchs

The western monarch population reached an all-time low last winter—a 99% decline from historic levels, and an 86% drop from the year before. Join our efforts to stabilize and recover the population—including the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count!

Become a Member

Your support directly funds invertebrate conservation, advocacy, applied research, outreach, and education. Become a member or make a one-time donation to help us protect invertebrates and their habitats. Members receive our biannual publication Wings, as well as updates on the latest invertebrate conservation news.

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Sharing Scientific Knowledge

The Xerces Society produces dozens of publications annually, all of which employ the best available research to guide effective conservation efforts.

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There are many ways to support "the little things that run the world." Get started with a community science project, create pollinator habitat, or learn how to protect invertebrates and ecosystems from pesticides.

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