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Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Conserving North American Bees and Butterflies and Their Habitat [Paperback]

The Xerces Society , Dr. Marla Spivak
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Book Description

Feb. 26 2011 1603426957 978-1603426954
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, and 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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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, OR-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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Guide July 25 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Comprehensive Resource 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for everyone into farming, gardening, nature! Feb. 18 2011
By Elizabeth E. Betros - Published on
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
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photos, great ID guide and habitat creation info Dec 25 2011
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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!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-read! Aug. 3 2011
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pollinators! April 21 2012
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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.
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