Pollinator Resources

Bees need three things to survive: food, shelter, and protection from pesticides. The resources listed below provide detailed information for how you can provide these resources, whether you are a farmer, gardener, or homeowner.

Resources for Growers

Farming for Bees: Guidelines for Providing Native Bee Habitat on Farms. (The Xerces Society)

A detailed PDF booklet describing actions farmers can take to protect bees on their farm.

Protecting Pollinators and Improving Pollination on Wisconsin Cranberry Marshes. (University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension)

Wild Pollinators in Wisconsin’s Apple Orchards. (UW-Madison Department of Entomology)

Wild Pollinators of Eastern Apple Orchards and How to Conserve Them. (Cornell University, Penn State University, and The Xerces Society)

NRCS portal: How Farmers Can Help Pollinators

A portal to USDA sponsored programs for pollinator conservation.

Resources for Everyone

The Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Resource Center

Your go-to source for pollinator conservation in North America is The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Check out their website for region specific plant lists and conservation strategies.

A Few Publications We Like

Planting for Pollinators: Guiding Principles and Design Concepts for Residential Pollinator Habitat (Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources)

Supporting Native Bees: Our Essential Pollinators. (University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension)

Habitat Assessment Guide for Pollinators in Yards, Gardens, and Parks (The Xerces Society)

Mader, E., Shepherd, M., Vaughan, M., Black, S.H., LeBuhn, G. (2011). Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies. Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA. 372 pages.

Participate in citizen science

WiBee: The Wisconsin Wild Bee App (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

Bumble Bee Watch (Xerces Society)

Journey North (University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum)

The Great Sunflower Project