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

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The recent decline of the European honey bee and other pollinators in North America poses a serious challenge to our food supply and ecological health. About 75 percent of all flowering plants rely on pollinators in order to set seed or fruit, and from these plants comes one-third of the planet's food.

Attracting Native Pollinators is a comprehensive guidebook for gardeners, small farmers, orchardists, beekeepers, naturalists, ...
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Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Conserving North American Bees and Butterflies and Their Habitat

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Overview

The recent decline of the European honey bee and other pollinators in North America poses a serious challenge to our food supply and ecological health. About 75 percent of all flowering plants rely on pollinators in order to set seed or fruit, and from these plants comes one-third of the planet's food.

Attracting Native Pollinators is a comprehensive guidebook for gardeners, small farmers, orchardists, beekeepers, naturalists, environmentalists, and public land managers on how to protect and encourage the activity of the native pollinators of North America. Written by staff of the Xerces Society, an international nonprofit organization that is leading the way in pollinator conservation, this book presents a thorough overview of the problem along with positive solutions for how to provide bountiful harvests on farms and gardens, maintain healthy plant communinities in wildlands, provide food for wildlife, and beautify the landscape with flowers.

Full-color photographs introduce readers to more than 80 species of native pollinators -- including bees, flies, butterflies, wasps, and moths -- noting each one's range and habits. The heart of the book provides detailed garden plans and techniques showing how to create flowering habitat to attract a variety of these pollinators, help expand the pollinator population, and provide pollinators with inviting nesting sites. Readers will also find useful instructions for creating nesting structures, educational activities for involving children, and an extensive list of resources.

Attracting Native Pollinators
is an essential reference book and action guide for anyone who is involved in growing food or is concerned about the future of our food supply.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603427470
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 622,310
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

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 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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