Learning How to Farm for Bees
Watch Xerces’ staff in these videos on how to farm for pollinators, and learn about the important role they can play in crop production.
Native Bee Conservation 101
Mace Vaughan, Conservation Director of the Xerces Society, gave a lecture on Native Bee Conservation 101 to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on May 10, 2007 via the internet. The presentation provides an overview of the importance, life history, and conservation of crop-pollinating native bees. Also included is information on some of the great things that the NRCS is doing for pollinator conservation in the U.S.
This video has been made available by the NRCS. To download this video, click here (wmv file, 12.5 MB).
This video was produced by Penn State’s Dr. Ed Rajotte and Dr. David Biddinger. It depicts the efforts of Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research, NRCS and the Xerces Society in researching the most effective native pollinators and assisting growers by planting pollinator habitats in farms and orchards in Pennsylvania.
Visit the University of Pennsylvania’s website here for more resources.
These guidelines outlines ways to protect and enhance habitat for native crop pollinators in the farm landscape. It includes advice on simple changes that can be made in farm management for the benefit of native bees, as well as information on how to enhance or provide important habitat features, such as nest sites and forage. Also included are case studies and links to plant lists across the country. Read more …