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Pollinator decline & how to help

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The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

A nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. Register your pollinator-friendly garden and see others nearby!

The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's Bees

The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees

An engaging introduction to the roughly 4,000 different bee species found in North America. Photographic keys along with a wealth of other bee-related knowledge!

The Solitary Bees

The Solitary Bees

Short film by Team Candiru focusing on solitary bees in the UK. Stunning photography and bees-eye flyovers of meadows. Learn about their seasonal nesting habits, watch new bees emerge in spring, and more!

The Xerces Society

The Xerces Society

A plethora of resources for bee lovers and aspiring bee gardeners in North America. Xerces works with individuals, farmers, and other groups to track endangered species, protect and manage habitat, and raise awareness about the vital importance of invertebrates.

Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland

Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland

Written by Steven Falk and accompanied by the brilliant illustrations of Richard Lewington. Plenty of bee-related learning resources too!

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Founded by Professor Dave Goulson, the UK-based Bumblebee Conservation Trust is a great bumblebee-specific resource. Find out how to identify the various bumblebees and promote their welfare in your garden and community. Walks and other local events too!

Attracting Native Pollinators

Attracting Native Pollinators

A detailed, comprehensive resource published by the Xerces Society, providing a rich source of information and inspiration on pollinators and creating their habitat.

Buglife

Buglife

An excellent array of resources for the UK. Campaings including Get Britain Buzzing and B-Lines. Submit your sightings and help Buglife save the small things that run the planet!

A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee

A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee

Short film by Clay Bolt, immersing us in his search for the critically endangered rusty-patched bumble bee. “We spend so much time and effort trying to make life better for ourselves. The least we can do is make life possible for this bee.” –Clay Bolt

This Vibrating Bumblebee Unlocks a Flower's Hidden Treasure

This Vibrating Bumblebee Unlocks a Flower’s Hidden Treasure

KQED Science’s Deep Look delves into how only bumble bees are able to release pollen from tomatoes, potatoes, blueberries, and other similar plants using their special buzz pollination technique. Next time you see a bumble bee, listen for that special high-pitched buzz!

The Great Sunflower Project

The Great Sunflower Project

The largest pollinator-focused citizen science project in the United States. Observe lemon queen sunflowers (or any other flowering plant you choose), count pollinators and note different types, and upload your findings.

Bumble Bee Watch

Bumble Bee Watch

Submit your North American bumble bee sightings here. Bumble Bee Watch is a citizen science project aiming to track and conserve these important pollinators. All sightings are verified by experts!

A Sting in the Tale

A Sting in the Tale, A Buzz in the Meadow

Dave Goulson’s compelling personal tales of bumble bees, meadows, and the vital importance of conserving biodiversity by de-intensifying commercial agriculture. A poignant call to action lest we lose the little creatures that buzz through our world and make life on this planet possible.

Wild Bee Gardens

Wild Bee Gardens

Help protect North America’s premier pollinators by learning how to create habitat for them in your own backyard! Designed for iPhone and iPad. Research and text by Celeste Ets-Hokin.

Bee Odyssey

Bee Odyssey

Adorable game for iOS and Android! You’re a little honey bee trying to get back to her hive. On the way, you encounter various obstacles, and learn about honey bees and other bees in the meantime.

Blooms for Bees

Blooms for Bees

UK citizen science project to find out which flowers bumble bees prefer, and to learn more about bumble bee foraging in urban environments.

IUCN Red List: Bumblebees

IUCN Red List: Bumblebees

The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species identifies those species most at risk of extinction, and reasons for their declines. Learn about Bombus dahlbomii (the largest bumblebee in the world) and other critically endangered bumblebees.

The Solitary Bee Project

The Solitary Bee Project

U.K.-based citizen science initiative to learn more about the nesting habitats of four solitary bees, with an aim to improving land management practices to help these bees.

More than Honey

More than Honey

Award-winning documentary on honey bees by Markus Imhoof, covering the myriad issues—pesticides, pathogens, parasites, genetic diversity and habitat loss—facing these iconic pollinators, with a focus on the impact of pesticides and monocultural farming.

The Host Defense BeeFriendly Research Initiative

The Host Defense® BeeFriendly™ Research Initiative

Studying mycological solutions to increase longevity, reduce mite and viral burden, and improve immunity of honey bees. Project by Paul Stamets and Steve Sheppard.

Wild Bee Project

Wild Bee Project

Currently focused on engaging Salt Lake City residents with the wild bees in their gardens. Fantastic blog with great photos and much to learn about wild bee nesting and foraging habits.

Nurturing Nature Bee Nest Boxes

Nurturing Nature Bee Nest Boxes

George Pilkington designs award-winning bumblebee and solitary bee nest boxes “inspired by nature, driven by science.” Solitary bee boxes are designed so that you can even observe the entire lifecycle of the bees!

Backyard Bees of North America Poster

Backyard Bees of North America Poster

Incredible bee poster featuring many North American bees, all sized to scale at 5x life size!

Native Bees of North America Perpetual Calendar

Native Bees of North America Perpetual Calendar

Both a guide to some of our more common native bees and a gardening calendar that never goes out of date, including tips on creating habitat for them in your own backyard.

Pollinator greeting cards

Pollinator cards & fine art prints

A glimpse into the close-up world of Oregon’s bees. Add some buzz with greeting cards, prints, digital wallpapers, and more. 10% goes directly to the Xerces Society! Photos by Elise Fog of Enlightened Bugs.

The Little World

The Little World

Short film following a female mason bee’s life from when she hatches, through spring and summer, as she provisions her brood chambers for the next generation. We also meet many other small denizens in the wall in which she nests.

The Grumble Bee

The Grumble Bee

Short film that reflects on how bees’ lives have changed over the decades leading up to ours (starting from before the Second World War). Seen through the eyes of the cynical ‘grumble bee’, it ends on a surprisingly uplifting note!

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