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

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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 ...
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Overview


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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603426954
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/26/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 117,115
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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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 www.xerces.org.

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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Table of Contents


Contents
Preface: A New World

Part 1: Pollinators and Pollination
1. Why Care About Pollinators?
2. The Biology of Pollination
3. Meet the Pollinators
4. Threats to Pollinators

Part 2: Taking Action
5. Strategies to Help Pollinators
6. Providing Foraging Habitat
7. Reducing Impact of Land Management Practices on Pollinators
8. Nesting and Egg-Laying Sites for Pollinators
9. Pupation and Overwintering Sites
10. Home, School, and Community Gardens
11. Pollinator Conservation on Farms
12. Pollinator Conservation in Natural Areas
13. Urban Greenspaces, Parks, and Golf Courses
14. Special Considerations for Other Landscapes
15. Grassroots Action

Part 3: Bees of North America
Bees are Everywhere
The Name Game
Family Matters
Watching Bees and Other Flower Visitors

Part 4: Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape
Sample Gardens
Recommended Pollinator and Butterfly Host Plants

Appendix
About the Authors
About the Xerces Society Invertebrate Conservation
Index
Photography Credits

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