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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, 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.
Over the past three decades, we have protected endangered species and their habitats,