Resource Links 2017-06-15T19:37:50+00:00

Recommended Links

Gardening Resources

  • Pollinator Conservation Guide – Debbie Roos, Chatham County Extension.  Includes excellent lists of pollen and nectar plants that grow well in the NC piedmont, including Debbie’s popular Top 25 Native Pollinator Plants.
  • Regional planting guidesNorth American Pollinator Protection Campaign.  Search by zipcode to find the right guide for your location.
  • Regional bee-friendly plant lists –  Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
  • Nesting in the gardenUtah State University. Advice on landscaping and gardening practices to support native bee nesting habitat. This Utah-based guide is also relevant for NC.
  • Bee hotel guideUniversity of Minnesota. Detailed guide to providing “bee hotels” for cavity-nesting bees. This Minnesota-based guide is also relevant for NC.

Bee Identification and Observation Resources

  • Bumblebees of the Eastern United States – A free PDF guide to identifying bumble bees
  • Pennsylvania Citizen Science Pollinator Monitoring Guide – Includes an overview of bee identification relevant to our region. This isn’t a field guide to individual species, but it will help you recognize differences between the major groups of bees.
  • Bee Observer Cards – Image rich guide to bee anatomy, lifestyles, nesting habits, life cycles, associations, and collection techniques
  • Discoverlife.org – If you have specimens, a microscope, and patience–this site provides fairly technical but user-friendly keys to bee species (and many other life forms, too). Click on the bee icon above the search box.
  • Bee Basics – This PDF book, produced by the USDA Forest Service and the Pollinator Partnership, provides a beautifully illustrated primer on the biology of native bees in the United States.

Citizen Science Projects About Bees