We continue to celebrate National Pollination Week June 18-24, 2012
The following information is from Ethnobeeology:
Bees have been pollinators for a long time. This bee was preserved in amber at least 100 million years ago. It has specialized branched hairs useful for pollen collection, is thought to have nested in the ground, and is only ~3 millimeters long. Today there are over 20,000 species of bees on the planet and here in the USA we are celebrating with a National Pollinator Week.
The Xerces Society: There are simple and inexpensive things you can do to increase the number of native bees living on your land. Any work you do on behalf of pollinators will support other beneficial insects and wildlife. On the Xerces Society website you will find information on providing additional sources of food and shelter for native bees, additional practices you can adopt to enhance native bee habitat, and how to obtain financial support from government programs to do this work.
Farming for Bees: Guidelines for Providing Native Bee Habitat on Farms
By Mace Vaughan, Matthew Shepherd, Claire Kremen and Scott Hoffman Black (2007) This booklet outlines ways to protect and enhance habitat for native crop pollinators in the farm landscape. It includes advice on simple changes that can be made in farm management for the benefit of native bees, as well as information on how to enhance or provide important habitat features, such as nest sites and forage. Also included are case studies and links to plant lists across the country.
Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies, The Xerces Society's most recent book (2011), is available to purchase from the Xerces Society. Attracting Native Pollinators is coauthored by four Xerces Society staff members Eric Mader, Matthew Shepherd, Mace Vaughan, and Scott Black in collaboration with Gretchen LeBuhn, a San Francisco State University botanist and director of the Great Sunflower Project.
Help today's bees survive. Prevent the bees from becoming a subject of only paleontological study. Thank you!
Thank you to Ethnobeeology for providing this information.