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Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide, Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies

The recent decline of the European honey bee and other pollinators in North America poses a serious challenge to our food supply and ecological health. About 75 percent of all flowering plants rely on pollinators in order to set seed or fruit, andĀ from these plants comes one-third of the planet’s food.

Attracting Native Pollinators is a comprehensive guidebook for gardeners, small farmers, orchardists, beekeepers, naturalists, environmentalists, and public land managers on how to protect and encourage the activity of the native pollinators of North America. Written by staff of the Xerces Society, an international nonprofit organization that is leading the way in pollinator conservation, this book presents a thorough overview of the problem along with positive solutions for how to provide bountiful harvests on farms and gardens, maintain healthy plant communinities in wildlands, provide food for wildlife, and beautify the landscape with flowers.

Full-color photographs introduce readers to more than 80 species of native pollinators — including bees, flies, butterflies, wasps, and moths — noting each one’s range and habits. The heart of the book provides detailed garden plans and techniques showing how to create flowering habitat to attract a variety of these pollinators, help expand the pollinator population, and provide pollinators with inviting nesting sites. Readers will also find useful instructions for creating nesting structures, educational activities for involving children, and an extensive list of resources.

Attracting Native Pollinators
is an essential reference book and action guide for anyone who is involved in growing food or is concerned about the future of our food supply.

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  1. Elizabeth E. Betros "Butterfly Betsy" says:

    A must have for everyone into farming, gardening, nature! This is a most wonderful book. Great photography, great illustrations, great graphic design, and great info! For many folks, its easy to love butterflies coming to flowers, but too often all the wonderful bees and flies and other pollinators which are so crucial to pollination get ignored or feared. This book will change their minds as it opens up the wonderful world of native bees and other pollinators to them. Whether your garden consists of a flower pot on the apartment porch or many acres, you will enjoy and learn from this book on how to make and keep our world a better place for us and the bugs![...]

  2. Anna says:

    Amazing book! This book is really amazing! It talks about different pollinators, why they’re important, what their threats are, and how we can help. The last section is all about the different plants you can plant to attract different kinds of pollinators, and which ones are appropriate for different areas.There are also great pictures of bees in this book!

  3. waldeneffect ".org" says:

    Stunning photos, great ID guide and habitat creation info Attracting Native Pollinators has a lot going for it. The book is the first I’ve seen that provides an easy field guide type section for the main groups of native pollinators. In addition, there’s a similar section for the best flowers to plant for pollinator habitat. Finally, there’s plenty of in depth information about creating the best habitat for pollinators, whether that’s patches of flowers for summer food, easy to build nest boxes, or overwintering sites.I docked one star because I got a bit bogged down in the early sections. I could tell the book was written by a committee, which meant that they stifled the enthusiasm they clearly felt about the subject to make the text more formal. In addition, the authors chose to turn the book into a textbook rather than an enthusiastic DIY guide, filling pages with encylopedia-like definitions of vocabulary that wasn’t really necessary for the layman to know.However, the photos are so stunning that they carried me through even the boring bits. In fact, I’d recommend buying the book for the photos alone — garden porn!

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