Top navigation



Book Review: Pollinators of Native Plants

Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants Written by Heather Holm Published by Pollination Press LLC, Minnetonka, MN, 2014 Reviewed by Bruce Wenning Heather Holm is an experienced native plant landscape designer and restorationist. Her well-written book includes over 1600 color photographs and drawings that encapsulates her devotion to native plant…

Continue Reading

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge: Will You Accept?

by Matthew Shepherd The National Pollinator Garden Network (NPGN) is a newly created partnership of organizations involved with pollinator conservation, wildlife gardening, and gardens. The network was initiated as part of the White House’s National Pollinator Strategy released earlier this summer. It draws together nearly two dozen nonprofits and organizations with a shared aim, to make…

Continue Reading

Buying Bee-Friendly Plants: Neonicotinoid-Free Nurseries, Growers, and Seed Sources

by Genevieve Schmidt Recently I’ve heard from a number of wildlife gardeners who say they are no longer buying plants from regular retail nurseries because there is no way of telling whether or not the pollinator-attracting plants they are purchasing have been treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, etc) are a class of pesticide which…

Continue Reading

Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?

Reprinted with Permission A Review of Research into the Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Bees, with Recommendations for Action. By Jennifer Hopwood, Mace Vaughan, Matthew Shepherd, David Biddinger, Eric Mader, Scott Hoffman Black, and Celeste Mazzacano. A possible link between neonicotinoids and honey bee die-offs has led to controversy across the United States and Europe….

Continue Reading

Attract Mason Bees – No Protective Gear Needed

by Judy Beaudette Few strategies for keeping our environment healthy are as interesting, simple and fun as raising mason bees, tiny insects that are gaining popularity with gardeners and farmers alike. What’s more, encouraging wild mason bees to your slice of earth – no matter how small or urban – could help counter negative effects…

Continue Reading

In Defense of Native Bees

by Karen Lyness LeBlanc Native bees are not receiving the attention honeybees have been given recently, but they are also experiencing a significant population decline. In places where there is significant natural habitat, native bees may provide all of the pollination needed for some crops. So maintaining habitat for native bees has economic, as well…

Continue Reading

Conserving Bumble Bees

Guidelines for Creating and Managing Habitat for America’s Declining Pollinators This excerpt is reproduced, with permission, from Conserving Bumble Bees: Guidelines for Creating and Managing Habitat for America’s Declining Pollinators, published by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Portland, OR. For more information or to obtain a copy of the guidelines, please visit by…

Continue Reading