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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!

Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them

“Does our fate rest on their buzzing wings?” Paige Embry talks to farmers, gardeners, and scientists about the vital role our native pollinators play in our ecosystems and food systems.

Bee City USA

Your city or campus could become the next Bee City or Bee Campus! There are many benefits: helping to ensure the survival of vital pollinator species; stimulating local food, nursery, and pollinator niche businesses; and heightening community awareness of seasonal changes and non-toxic ways of eliminating invasives and pests.

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!

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.

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!

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

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!

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 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. Offers a Bee Smart® Pollinator Gardener app.

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!

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!

The Wildlife Trusts

Their wild bee action kit is a must-have resource filled with interesting bee facts and great suggestions for welcoming bees into your wild spaces.

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.

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 ID

Wild Bee ID is a project of Center for Food Safety, who hope Wild Bee ID will provide an introduction to North America’s native bees and be used as a tool for gardeners from coast to coast to actively support native bee conservation.

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!

Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas

Adopt a grid cell in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho, attend in-person or online training events to learn the formal survey process, and bee the missing partner contributing to a region-wide project on bumble bee species distribution.

Insight

Border Free Bees partnered with Pollinator Partnership to develop the Insight Citizen Science iOS app. This is a simple app to contribute meaningful scientific data, in the form of numerical counts by location of honey bees, bumble bees, leaf-cutter bees, mining bees, wasps, hover flies, butterflies and other pollinators.

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.

Polli:Nation

UK citizen science project to survey school grounds, parks and gardens for pollinators. Survey runs between March through September, and is designed for people of all ages, backgrounds and experience.

Salisbury Bee Trail

Augmented reality bee walk through the city to discover 12 gorgeously illustrated and wonderfully informative bee signs that come to life with the app!

PolliNation Podcast

“For people making bold strides to improve the health of pollinators.” Just passing the 100 episode mark, hear from scientists and OSU faculty in answer to your questions, and with episodes dedicated to creating better bee habitats, learning in detail about bee lives, and more. Highly recommended for anyone enthusiastic about bees!

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.

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.

Friends of the Earth (UK)

Hosting the Great British Bee Count and providing general information about the problems facing bees, especially from pesticides.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 a special buzz with greeting cards, acrylic blocks, and metal prints featuring stunning photography of bees going about their daily lives. A percentage of sales 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!

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.

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.

The Business of Bees

A team within Bloomberg is creating an interesting podcast focused on honey bees. Their topics for this season are: the business of the pollination economy, and also the science and environmental policy questions surrounding bees (plus some beekeeping history).

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