Partner Organizations

American Zoo and Aquarium Association

AZA zoos and aquariums are places where people connect with animals. We are therefore dedicated to excellence in animal care and welfare, conservation, education, and research that collectively inspire respect for animals and nature.

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Environmental Defense

Environmental Defense is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 400,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense has linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems.

butterfly conservation at Environmental Defense

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McGuire Center for Lepidoptera Research

The new McGuire Center for Lepidoptera Research at the University of Florida will open to the public by the end of Summer 2004. The center will feature a tropical jungle that will include live butterflies, storage space for millions of specimens, and research space and equipment for up to 40 graduate students. The center plans to house 8.4 million specimens within the next five years, making it the second largest collection in the world.

butterfly conservation at McGuire Center for Lepidoptera Research

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National Wildlife Federation

Habitat stewards and ambassadors working with NWF's Backyard Wildlife Habitat and Schoolyard programs encourage the development of habitat suitable for wildlife, including butterflies. Habitat stewards also provide and recruit volunteers to work with zoos, aquariums, and other organizations on habitat restoration efforts on behalf of butterflies

butterfly conservation at National Wildlife Federation

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North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC)


To encourage the health of resident and migratory pollinating animals in North America.

NAPPC is comprised of voluntary partners representing government agencies, non-government organizations, environmental groups, garden groups, landowners, scientists, farmers, businesses, and private individuals, each concerned with some aspect of pollinators and/or pollination ecology.

NAPPC spearheaded a proposal to the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council for a study of the "Status of North American Pollinators" and has headed a letter-writing campaign to the US Postal Service promoting a pollinator stamp series meant to raise pollinator awareness among the general public.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for the development of recovery plans for all federally listed threatened and endangered species. The Service has develops partnerships with universities, zoos, aquariums, and other organizations to implement these plans and to further conservation.

search for species profiles at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S.D.A. Forest Service

The Forest Service is a natural resource agency dedicated to the sustained management of the nationís natural resources and service to people.  It is the largest forestry research organization in the world and provides technical assistance to state and private forestry agencies.  They are responsible for managing some 193 million acres of habitat to maintain populations of threatened, endangered, sensitive, and other species of plants and animals on national forests and grasslands.

Xerces Society

The Xerces Society is an international non-profit organization that protects the diversity of life through the conservation of invertebrates. The Society advocates for invertebrates and their habitats by working with scientists, land managers, educators, and citizens on conservation and education projects. Its core programs focus on endangered species, native pollinators, and watershed health.

butterfly conservation at Xerces Society

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Interested in Becoming a Partner or Member?

Interested in joining the BFCI? We welcome inquiries from conservation organizations, and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums

Please contact BFCI.