Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies. The recent decline of the European honey bee, one of North America’s primary pollinators, poses a serious challenge to our food supply and ecological health. Close to 75 percent of all flowering plants rely on pollinators in order to set seed or fruit, and from these plants comes a third of the planet’s food.
What can you do to help? Attracting Native Pollinators shows you how to encourage the activity of pollinators other than honey bees by creating flowering habitat and inviting nesting sites.
Includes comprehensive information on every kind of pollinator, instructions for building nesting structures, ideas for involving children and an extensive list of resources. This is an essential reference book and action guide for anyone who is growing food or is concerned about the future of our food supply.
Written by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (a nonprofit organization named after the now extinct Xerces blue butterfly, the first butterfly to go extinct in North America as a result of human activities). Paperback, 384 pp.