Books

Attracting Native Pollinators:Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies

By The Xerces Society, published by Storey Publishing.

At 380 pages, Attracting Native Pollinators provides dramatically expanded breadth and detail, reflecting the latest understanding about creating and managing pollinator habitat. Illustrated with hundreds of color photographs and dozens of specially created illustrations.

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Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

By The Xerces Society, published by Storey Publishing.

At 272 pages, Farming with Native Beneficial Insects shows you how to create a farm or garden habitat that will attract beneficial insects and thereby reduce crop damage from pests without the use of pesticides.

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100 plants100 Plants to Feed the Bees

By The Xerces Society, published by Storey Publishing.

The international bee crisis is threatening our global food supply, but this user-friendly field guide shows what you can do to help protect our pollinators. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation offers browsable profiles of 100 common flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees that attract bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The recommendations are simple: sow seeds for some plants — such as basil, rhododendron, and blueberries — and simply don’t mow down abundant native species, including aster, goldenrod, and milkweed. 100 Plants to Feed the Bees will empower homeowners, landscapers, apartment dwellers — anyone with a scrap of yard or a window box — to protect our pollinators.

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Gardening for ButterfliesGardening for Butterflies

By The Xerces Society, published by Timber Press.

This comprehensive, 288-page guide introduces you to a variety of butterflies who need our help, and provides suggestions for native plants to attract them, habitat designs to help them thrive, and garden practices to accommodate all their stages of life.

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Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers, and Conservationists

By Eric Mader, Marla Spivak, and Elaine Evans, published by SARE.

First of its kind, step-by-step, full color guide for rearing and managing bumblebees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and other honey bee alternatives. Color photos, paperback, 162 pages.

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