1) http://www.xerces.org – In their publication section you will find a number of downloadable fact sheets for native bees and pollinators.
2) http://www.pollinator.org – The Pollinator Partnership site contains useful resouces called the “Ecoregional Planting Guides” to help you find plants that attract pollinators in your region.
3) http://www.greatpollinatorproject.org – In 2007, the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and the Greenbelt Native Plant Center launched the Great Pollinator Project.
4) http://www.bumblebeewatch.org – A collaborative effort to track and conserve North American bumble bees. In this citizen science project participants simply upload photos of bumblebees and the identification is verified by experts. The project will help determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees.
5) http://www.discoverlife.org – This is a great resource for identifying individual species of bees.
6) http://www.ecobeneficial.com – Useful gardening tips to improve our environment
7) http://perfectearthproject.org is a great resource to learn about the benefits of creating a chemical free lawn.
8) http://www.sharpeatmanguides.com – Guide to Wild Bees. Rockefeller State Park.
9) http://www.beecityusa.org – Cities and Campuses can sign up to be a Bee City USA.
10) Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College –http://www.sunywcc.edu/about/npc/ – First National Affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
11) http://www.hvbeehabitat.org – Hudson Valley Bee Habitat promotes public engagement with the environment and each other through the arts, bees and mindfulness.
Books of Interest
1) Attracting Native Pollinators, the Xerces Society Guide. Storey Publishing.
2) The BEES In Your Backyard. Wilson, Joseph and Carril M., Olivia. 2016 Princeton University Press
3) Pollinators of Native Plants. Holm, Heather. 2014 Pollination Press LLC.
4) Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States. Colla, Sheila; Richardson, Leif; William Paul. 2012 Pollinator Partnership.
5) Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast. Gracie, Carol. 2012 Princeton University Press.
Local Native Plant Nurseries
Regardless of your location Native Beeology strongly encourages you to buy plants from local nurseries. You can ask them, “How do you grow their plants? Do you use neonicotinoids which are harmful to bees and other pollinators?”. Go one step further and identify the local native plant nurseries in your area. Avoid large “Box Stores” when buying plants.
Here are some places in the Hudson Valley we recommend.
1) Catskill Native Nursery – http://www.catskillnativenursery.com
2) Rainbow’s End Butterfly Farm and Nursery – http://www.rainbowsendfarm.biz
3) Hudson Valley Seed Company – http://hudsonvalleyseed.com
4) American Beauty Native Plants – http://www.abnativeplants.com (sold at Blue Seal in Fishkill, NY)
5) Adams Fairacre Farms – http://www.adamsfarms.com
6) American Meadows – http://www.americanmeadows.com