From SARE, a new conservation planning document for pollinators.
“ ‘Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists‘ is a first-of-its-kind, step-by-step, full-color guide for rearing and managing bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees and other bee species that provide pollination alternatives to the rapidly declining honey bee.”
Thanks to my graduate student Jolie Goldenetz-Dollar for finding this.
The Xerces Society has re-organized their pollinator resources – now you can get regionally-specific information on native plants, pesticides, pollinator conservation, and native bee nest management. If you are coming here for pollinator resources, hop over there because they do pollinators better than anyone.
36% of the commercial bee hives were lost last year, according to a story on CNN. Here are some practical guidelines from the Xerces Society for supporting and conserving native bees and their habitat – Farming for Bees