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Milkweed Propagation

For Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

In 2010, the Hind Foundation granted $50,000 to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation for the for a three year project developing sources of native milkweeds for California's monarchs. Milkweeds are the required host plants for caterpillars of the monarch butterfly and thus play a critical role in the monarch’s lifecycle. The loss of milkweed plants in the monarch’s spring and summer breeding areas across the United States is believed to be a significant factor contributing to the reduced number of monarchs recorded in overwintering sites in California and Mexico. To reverse this trend, this project will ensure a supply of milkweed for restoration planting and promoting the use of milkweeds to restore a missing link in the habitat for Monarchs.

Noteworthy Outcomes
•    Additional Funding
The Hind Foundation’s grant ensured a Federal match grant, and together those funds provided for the salary of a plant ecologist for three years.
•    Project Certainty
The granted funds is enough to support a plant ecologist for three years, allowing the organization to move forward with certainty that they could successfully implement their program. To have secured funding in place for not one, or even two, but three years, is a significant accomplishment for a relatively smaller nonprofit organization like the Xerces Society.

“The Hind Foundation’s approach to applicants is very different from other foundations; they were always accessible and were very helpful with the framing of our proposal.”
~Scott Black, Executive Director
Xerces Society

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Area of Funding: Plant & Wildlife Restoration
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $50,000
Year Funded: 2010
Year Completed: 2010

About the Organization
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
4828 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 232-6639

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.