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Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Conserving North American Bees and Butterflies and Their Habitat Paperback – Feb 26 2011

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (Feb. 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603426957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603426954
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 2.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Protect the Pollinators That Help Feed the World
Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, and some beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants, but North America's native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. The Xerces Society offers a complete action plan of protecting these industrious animals by providing flowering habitat and nesting sites.

Providing Healthy Habitats for Pollinators:
Supports bountiful farm and garden harvests
Maintains healthy plant communities
Provides food for other wildlife
Beautifies your landscape with flower plants

"Precise, elegant, and thoughtful, the recommendations offered by the Xerces Society will become essential to advancing a healthy and diverse food-production system."  - Gary Paul Nabhan, The Forgotten Pollinators and Renewing America's Food Traditions

"Here is the most comprehensive treatment yet of native pollinators, detailing natural history, ecological importance, taxonomy, conservation, and restoration of native pollinator communities. Attracting Native Pollinators belongs on the bookshelf to everyone who values the future of the natural world."  - Douglas W. Tallamy, author, Bringing Nature Home

About the Author

The Xerces Society is a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. The Xerces Society website can be found at

Marla Spivak, PhD, is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Minnesota. She was a 2010 MacArthur Fellow.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peackster on May 6 2013
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I wanted to plant a pollinator garden in the back. I used ANP as the basic resource for plant characteristics (sun/water) and what pollinators are attracted. I cross checked against local plants available from nurseries near by.
The book has a thorough review of pollinator biology and lots of information to help various kinds of groups set up habitat for pollinators.
The text is written primarily for Americans but includes Canadian areas as well.
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My definitive guide to all things relating to pollinators, particularly the bees. This one book helped me identify all the different bees and other faux bees in my garden and there are great ideas for making your garden more pollinator friendly.
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Don't like that Bees are dying off? Do something about it.
They all don't make honey, but are important for our food crops.
Every one with a garden should have one.
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By Isabel on May 3 2015
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A comprehensive guide on native pollinators and how to attract them.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
A must have for everyone into farming, gardening, nature! Feb. 18 2011
By Elizabeth E. Betros - Published on
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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!Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Conserving North American Bees and Butterflies and Their Habitat
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Amazing book! July 4 2011
By Anna - Published on
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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!
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Stunning photos, great ID guide and habitat creation info Dec 25 2011
By Homesteader - Published on
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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!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Must-read! Aug. 3 2011
By Athena Rayne Anderson - Published on
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This Xerces Society Guide is long overdue in my opinion! The book contains sound information on pollinator conservation, gardening, and community action. As if that weren't enough, it has garden design templates and tips, AND is the first book with native bee identification material that's actually accessible to all knowledge levels! Combine all this with beautiful photos and it's a must-have for your library! Visit my blog to read an interview with one of the authors, watch a video review of the book, and to learn more about the fascinating world of pollinators!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Pollinators! April 21 2012
By Kelsmag2 - Published on
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This is a fabulous book that describes the importance of pollinating insects and how they impact our environment. The book is well-written and easily understandable. It contains a lot of pictures. The book looks at bees, butterflys, moths and beetles, but special emphasis is on bees, for good reason. Detailed information is presented regarding "Bees of North America" as well as how to develop a pollinator friendly habitat. All gardeners need to understand how pollinators fit in to the work that they do whether it be in the flower garden or vegetable garden (or both!) This is a very good reference book. Since reading this book, I have built a bumble bee house and have placed it near my garden. It is early spring, so no activity yet, but I am hopeful that it will attract a queen bee's attention.