As we wrap up a productive 2019, I thought I’d carve out some digital space to talk about and encourage carnivorous plant conservation efforts. ‘Tis the season to think of others, and, while we’re at it, consider the needs of the broader world that we live in. Many carnivorous plant species are endangered, some critically so. While popular in collections, even the iconic Venus flytrap can be measured in the hundreds of thousands rather than millions, in the wild. A combination of poaching and destruction of natural habitats in favor of commercial development are the causes, and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Counterweights do exist. Organizations like the International Carnivorous Plant Society (ICPS) and Auburn University fund and directly manage conservation efforts. Unfortunately, many of these organizations are underfunded, and can really use our help. That’s why, this year, a portion of every purchase made through Carnivorous Plant Resource has been donated to the ICPS to further carnivorous plant conservation efforts. Your purchases of legally obtained, propagated and sold hobbyist plants are going to fund the conservation of wild plants. That’s something to be proud of.
It’s a humble amount, and not nearly enough for the scope of the issue, but it’s a start. Please consider visiting the organizations above, and donating directly to their cause.
Thank you for you patronage this year, and for directly and indirectly contributing to the efforts that exist to ensure the survival of these wonderful and fascinating plants in the wild. Happy holidays, and happy growing! 🎄 🕎