X is for the Xerces Society.
“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.”
What are invertebrates? All creatures without a backbone which includes, bees, butterflies and other creatures you might find in the garden like worms. It is the mission of the Xerces Society to teach us all how to support pollinators in our gardens. We can do this by planting plants that will provide them with shelter, nectar and pollen. We can avoid using pesticides! We can join entomologist Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home , in espousing the idea that we don’t need fewer bugs in our garden, we need more.
Their new book Gardening for Butterflies published by Timber Press will teach you how you can support butterflies and other pollinators.