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For more than a decade, Xerces conservation biologists have conducted surveys to document the distribution, phenology, life history, and abundance of rare and imperiled insect species, including butterflies, bees, beetles aquatic and terrestrial snails, true bugs, and other taxa, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other agencies. We engage in longer term projects to monitor how pollinator communities change as habitat is restored. Two such projects include a large-scale grassland restoration project by the Port of Portland and the restoration of a powerline corridor that runs through Forest Park. We develop survey protocols and guidance for public agencies to facilitate monitoring of at-risk invertebrate species. For more information please see our services page.

Monitoring Trainings and Events

We conduct many trainings across the country for land managers, conservationists, agency staff, and members of the public. See our events page for more information and to find a workshop or other training near you.

Community Science Projects

The Xerces Society manages several community science projects that are answering key questions and providing data to better inform conservation decisions. Data submitted through Bumble Bee Watch, the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas, and the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper are already leading to meaningful advances in conserving imperiled species. For more information about these and other projects visit our Community Science page.