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A bumblebee on a Lupinus prunophyllus flower in Colorado. You can see pollen in its pollen basket, and it’s sticking its proboscis out to collect nectar.
Courtesy of David Inouye

Build It and They Will Come
Here are some resources to help you create a bee garden of your own.

Gordon Frankie’s Urban Bee Garden
Descriptions of bee-friendly plants with photos (best for California but helpful elsewhere), how to provide nesting habitat, why bees are important, and how to observe bees and bee behavior.

The Xerces Society
Information about native bees and their needs, gardening for bees, plus downloadable fact sheets on nesting habitat, plants for bees, and other topics.

Audubon At Home
Find out about solitary bees and how to provide habitat for native bees in yards and gardens.

U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Details on gardening for native bees throughout North America. Links to articles on identifying bees, building nesting blocks, and differentiating bees from other insects.

National Pollinator Week, June 24–30, 2007
Featuring major celebrations in Washington, D.C. To learn more, visit, sponsored by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and the Coevolution Institute.

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
Also offers information on Pollinator Week and focuses on preserving North American pollinator species.

What’s Buzzin’ in My Garden?
A short but useful visual guide to bees and beelike insects.

Catch the Buzz—Build a Bee Box
A do-it-yourself project by Kris Wetherbee, Audubon (January-February 2006)


Bees for Kids
Learning about native bees is fun for the whole family.
“Bee Buzz” is an AUDUBON ADVENTURE fit for children at a fifth-grade reading level. A teacher’s guide for this curriculum is available through

AUDUBON ADVENTURES is an environmental education program for children in grades 3 to 5. Developed by professional environmental educators, the curriculum presents basic, scientifically accurate facts about birds, wildlife, and their habitats. It comes to you packaged as a Classroom Kit (serving 32 students) or an Individual Kit (serving one student). The program is used by classroom teachers, afterschool program coordinators, special education instructors, language arts teachers, and home-schoolers. Since its inception in 1984, more than 7 million youngsters have participated in the program. Go to


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