Save Bees

Pollinator decline & how to help

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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

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

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

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.

Pollinator Partnership

The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.

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

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

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

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!

100 Plants to Feed the Bees

A great handbook for aspiring bee gardeners! For each flowering plant, there are notes about its habits, recommended species or varieties, notable flower visitors, and ideal usage (meadows, hedgerows, nesting material, etc.)

Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide

A beautiful and comprehensive book in which to immerse oneself! Heather Holm spends about half the book diving into the lifecyles and habits of North American bees, and then covers trees, shrubs, and perennials for the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast Regions.

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

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 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.

The Buzz Club

A Sussex University affiliated UK membership. A variety of citizen science projects suitable for all ages! Including the Pollinator Abundance Network, Hoverfly Lagoons, Air Bee n’ Bee, Sow Wild! and more.

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

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

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.

Sandstone Bee Nest Sites

In the American Southwest—from Colorado’s Mesa Verde to southern Utah and California’s Death Valley—sandstone bees nest in very distinctive sites. Their nests are widespread but tricky to find, so if you spot one your sighting is valuable!

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!

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

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

UK-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.

Count Flowers for Bees

Project creating a flower map of Ireland to help conserve pollinators, by finding out where and how many flowers there are across the countryside.

iNaturalist

A US-focused app from the California Academy of Sciences. Record, share, and discuss your observations with fellow wildlife enthusiasts. Sightings are shared with scientific data repositories.

iRecord

A UK-focused app where you can share your sightings with scientists, adding to biodiversity information. Sightings of bees, wasps, and ants automatically reported to BWARS.

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

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

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.

Brigit Strawbridge

Fabulous and informative blog by bee and nature lover Brigit Strawbridge. From basic bee facts to interesting and unusual behaviors, there’s so much to learn from her observations over the years.

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

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

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 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

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

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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