Several years ago insects became part of the popular news cycle amid stories about insect declines and overall biodiversity losses. At the time ESA advocated for a “concerned, but cautious” approach due to a dearth of published longitudinal data. As more data has been published and peer-reviewed, however, it is clear that insect declines are real. We now have more data than was available in 2019 – which was the last time ESA issued a public statement on insect declines. These data point to concerning trends in insect abundance and biomass. The question is … what do we do about it?
If you are an ESA member and are interested in volunteering to serve in an ad hoc manner for a subcommittee on the new ESA Biodiversity Task Force, or have comments you wish to share about the scope and data for this effort, please enter your information below.