What to Plant
- Pacific Northwest Plants for Native Bees (from Xerces Society)
- Hansen’s Northwest Native Plant Database (from The Wild Garden)
- Urban Bee Gardens: UC Berkeley’s guide to planting your own bee garden
- Melissa Garden list: Index of bee-friendly plants, with good notes, from this bee sanctuary in central California.
- Ladybird Johnson Center database: fabulous database to explore for any region in the US. The pollinator info came from Xerces, and the organization includes photos and tons of ways to sort.
- Growing Power: visionary food action organization and urban farm in Minneapolis, founded by Will Allen
- Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation: pre-eminent organization that has been protecting pollinators and managing habitat worldwide for 40 years.
- Pollinator Partnership: national (US) advocate for pollinators. Lots of information and news on their site.
- Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center: If you like flowers, you will like this organization, focused on native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes in the U.S.
- City Repair: based in Portland, City Repair does “placemaking” — educating and inspiring communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live.
- College of the Melissae: a “Center for Sacred Beekeeping” based in Ashland, OR, the College offers a “community-centered hands-on approach to beekeeping science, art, craft, culture and ceremony.”
Food and Nature Blogs
- Gary Nabhan: Internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity.
- Food Politics: Marion Nestle’s terrific blog on, yep, food politics.
- Myrmecos: Alex Wild on insects, science, and photography.
- Crunchy Chicken: Deanna Duke’s amusing and informative urban homesteading blog from Seattle, USA
- The Long Now: when we are glum, this site — from an organization founded by Stewart Brand — helps pick us up by taking the long view of changes on the planet.
Notable Beekeeping Sites
- Bush Bees: Michael Bush, from Nebraska, writes about beekeeping with an emphasis on doing things smarter and simpler.
- Honey Bee Suite: Informative and personable beekeeping blog from the Pacific Northwest written by Rusty Berlew. The blog is chock-full of information, opinions, comments, how-to’s, and photos.
- Melissa Garden: located at the ranch of psychotherapist, painter, and beekeeper Barbara Schlumberger, the Melissa Garden was founded as a honey bee sanctuary and is rooted in mystical and spiritual traditions.
- Gaia Bees: From Sonoma County, California, Michael Theile is a gentle-spirit beekeeper and builder of hives and “landscape apiariums.”
- Kirk Webster: Beekeeper from Vermont who does treatment-free beekeeping and writes with candor and generosity.
- Pollinator Pathway: Sarah Bergman has created a mile-long corridor for native pollinators in Seattle.
- Urban Pollination Project: This “Citizen Science” project from the University of Washington helps document the population and productivity of bumble bees in Seattle.
- Native Buzz: from Florida, this is another “Citizen Science” project helps you build native bee habitat and contribute to a nationwide map and database.
Mason Bee Supply
- Crown Bees: Based in Seattle, Dave Hunter knows all about raising mason bees and other native pollinators, and supplies bees and other equipment nationwide.
- Missy Anderson: Based near Seattle, Missy rents and sells mason bees and mason bee nests to area residents.
Swarms and Insect Removal – Seattle Area
- We collect honey bee swarms in the city of Seattle, at no charge. Click this link for info.
- Marvin from Jerry the Bee Guy collects all stinging insects without using poison, in the city of Seattle.
- Nathan Rausch from Pleased Bees collects bees and other stinging insects without using poisons, in south and southeast Seattle.