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Resource List for Pollinator Conservation

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Photo by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

Bumble bee on coneflower

Bumble bee on coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Web Resources

Beekeeping Resources

Books and Publications

The Bees of North Carolina: an Identification Guide, NC State Extension

Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies, by The Xerces Society

Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists, by Eric Mader, Marla Spivak, and Elaine Evans

100 Plants to Feed the Bees, by The Xerces Society

Gardening for Butterflies, by The Xerces Society

Pollinator Conservation Handbook, by The Xerces Society

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, by Doug Tallamy

The Bees in your Backyard, by Joseph S. Wilson and Olivia Messinger Carril

Pollinator Gardening for the South, by Danesha Seth Carley and Anne M. Spafford

American Honey Plants, by Frank C. Pellett

Crop Pollination by Bees, by Keith S. Delaplane and Daniel F. Mayer

Honey Plants of North America, by John H. Lovell

Plant-Pollinator Interactions: From Specialization to Generalization, by N.M. Waser and J. Ollerton

The Bees of the World, by C.D. Michener

The Forgotten Pollinators, by S.L. Buchmann and G.P.Nabhan

The Natural History of Bumblebees, by C. Kearns and J. Thomson

Bumble Bees of North America, by Paul Williams, Robbin Thorp, Leif Richardson, and Sheila Colla

Bees: an Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide, by Heather Holm

Pollinators of Native Plants, by Heather Holm

Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants, by Heather Holm

Native Plants of the Southeast, by Larry Mellichamp


Crown Bees
Woodinville, WA
bee nesting materials

Knox Cellars
Sammamish, WA
bee nesting blocks

Pollinator Paradise
Parma, ID
books and nesting materials for native bees

Native Plant and Seed Suppliers

Applewood Seed Co.
Arvada, CO
flower, herb, and grass seeds for wildflower meadows

Big Bloomers Flower Farm
Sanford, NC
retail nursery specializing in herbaceous perennials

Dutch Buffalo Farm
Pittsboro, NC

Ernst Conservation Seeds
Meadville, PA
native and naturalized seeds and plant material of eastern North American ecotypes

Field to Cottage Nursery
Raleigh, NC

Growing Wild Nursery
Siler City, NC
retail nursery specializing in native plants; mail order only

J & B Herb Farm
Roxboro, NC

Mellow Marsh Farm
Siler City, NC
container grown wetland plants and pollinator seed mix; wholesale, by appointment only

North Carolina Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill, NC
native perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines

Rachel’s Native Plants
Pittsboro, NC

Roundstone Native Seed LLC
Upton, KY
native and naturalized seeds and plant material of southeastern North American ecotypes

Sorrell’s Lawn Care and Nursery
Dunn, NC

To find a native plant nursery near you, visit the NC Native Plant Society’s website.

Supporting Organizations

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina Native Plant Association

North Carolina Pollinator Conservation Alliance

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign

The Pollinator Partnership

Butterfly Conservation Initiative

Native Plants Network

USDA Logan Bee Lab

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Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production Call Debbie Email Debbie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
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