These are resources recommended by Frederique Lavoipierre, Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to accompany my two Habitat Gardening articles – Part 1 (Beneficial Insects) and Part 2 (Butterflies, Bees, Flies and Favorite Plants)
- ‘Bee Basics – An Introduction to our Native Bees’ – Free online publication by the US Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership
- Attracting Native Pollinators – this book by the Xerces organization has pages on each pollinator you’re likely to see
- GreatSunflower.org – citizen science website for promoting pollinators
- bumblebeewatch.org – a citizen project to upload bumblebee photos to help determine status and locate endangered species
- Farming and Gardening with Native Beneficial insects – Another excellent book by Xerces
- Lavoipierre recommended two books for landscaping with native plants: Designing California Native Gardens by Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook and California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Borenstein, et al
- Recommended by Monika Moore – Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains by Robert L. Allen, Fred M. Roberts Jr.
Bringing Nature Home -How you can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy
Other Recommended Books
Three Ways Beneficial Insects Predate Pests – Our natural insects work in three ways: Predators eat the pests outright, some are Parasitses – where they live off the host, the host doesn’t usually die;,and lastly some are Parasitoids – usually flies or wasps, they lay their eggs in the host, and the free-living larva kills the pest. Click here for more info
Habitat gardening – creating environments that sustain wildlife – has become trendy. After all, it’s a rare person who doesn’t like attracting birds and butterflies to their yards.