The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
Butterflies, bees, dragonflies, beetles, worms, starfish, mussels and crabs are but a few of the millions of invertebrates at the heart of a healthy environment. Invertebrates build the stunning coral reefs of our oceans; they are essential to the reproduction of most flowering plants, including many fruits, vegetables and nuts; and they are food for birds, fish and other animals. Yet invertebrate populations are often imperiled by human activities and rarely accounted for in mainstream conservation.
The Society uses advocacy, education and applies research to defend invertebrates. Over the past three decades, the Xerces foundation has protected endangered species and their habitats, produced ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, trained thousands of farmers and land managers to protect and manage habitats, and raised awareness about the invertebrates of forests, prairies, deserts and oceans.
Pollinator conservation has received quite a bit of “buzz” over the last few years due to their significance to our environment and how their habitats are becoming more and more threatened. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species. The United States alone grows more than 100 crops that either need or benefit from pollinators, and the economic value of these native pollinators is estimated at $3 billion per year in the U.S.
You will also find information about what you can do directly to help bees!
The Republic of Tea established our partnership with the Xerces Society in 2015 to support pollinator conservation with our Biodynamic Honey Chamomile Tea, currently available at Whole Foods Markets in the Mid-Atlantic region.
We are honored to donate $5,000 annually to support the Xerces Society’s mission.