There are lots of great books out there for adults and children on pollinators, habitat health, planting a native garden, and more. Check out our list below and then visit your library or bookstore.
The Xerces Society co-authors many books about pollinators. Attracting Native Pollinators is an excellent guide to conserving bees and butterflies and their habitats. More book selections from Xerces can be found on their website.
Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy describes the positive effects to our environment of growing plants native to your region, and how even small changes can be beneficial.
Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard. Relates the author’s discovery of forests as interdependent societies with the mother tree at the center of the community. A moving narrative by one of the world’s leading forest ecologists.
Pacific Northwest Insects by Merrill A. Peterson is an indispensable resource and guide for identifying the insects of the Pacific Northwest. It’s filled with vivid photographs and information on distinguishing the more than 3,000 species found in this region.
It’s no secret that the very species that relies on bees for their survival (humans) is also responsible for the pesticides and air pollution that are destroying them. Well, good news. 50 Ways to Help Save the Bees by Sally Coulthard has suggestions and easy instructions on the little things we can all do to make a big impact.
Part of the Princeton Field Guides collection, Common Bees of Western North America is a full color photographic guide to the bees most common to the Western North American. This book identifies and details some of the more than 3,000 species of bees in the western United States and Canada.
In Bea’s Bees by Katherine Pryor and illustrated by Ellie Peterson, a young girl named Beatrix discovers a bumblebee nest on her way home from school. This begins her adventure in rescuing the nest and learning all the fascinating facts about bees and how they make the world go around. This is a wonderful resource for children.
Also by Doug Tallamy, the young reader’s version of his book, Nature’s Best Hope. Aimed at middle schoolers, Tallamy encourages kids to get out in their back yards and create gardens that benefit the environment. He breaks down the science of climate change and info on pollinators into simple terms and shows how everyone can do their part.
Videos and Podcasts
Joe Lamp’l aka Joe Gardner, is the producer and host of a PBS show called Growing a Greener World. The videos and podcasts on his website offer lessons and advice on growing an organic garden and how the steps we take in our garden will impact the environment. His topics are varied and detailed and designed to teach, coach and inform. Among his topics are all the steps involved in planting and growing an organic garden (done in a series of podcasts), how to tell one ladybug species from another or what’s causing white spots on your zucchini foliage. Tune into Joe today and learn how to Grow Like a Pro. It will be time well spent.
Bug Banter is a series of podcasts offered by the Xerces Society. Each episode delves into the mysteries of invertebrates and discusses their contributions and the dangers they face. Past episodes include the life of the monarch butterfly, how invertebrates are disappearing from our planet, and what it means to be an endangered species. Connect now and watch online or wherever you view your podcasts.