Our Native Bees by Paige Embry

Our Native Bees

"Captures the essence of a bee’s natural history and how we use (and sometimes abuse) bees.” —Olivia Messinger Carril, author of The Bees in Your Backyard Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—an endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the impor...


Details Our Native Bees

TitleOur Native Bees
ISBN9781604697698
Author
Release DateFeb 7th, 2018
PublisherTimber Press
GenreNonfiction, Science, Environment, Nature, Animals
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Reviews Our Native Bees

  • Vivian
    1970-01-01
    Life is pollination, Love the Pollinators!So, another local fauna book. This one is to assist in determining my planting plan. After years of drought in California, I decided to reevaluate my open space, tiny as it is, and optimize for responsible resource use. That means planting things that don't require regular watering. I toughened up some of my plants and let the others die. Bye, roses. Good job, camellias. I do make small concessions to my ...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    This book is SO IMPORTANT. I'm starting to get more and more into sustainability. How we as humanity can be good stewards of the land and natural resources so we don't kill the planet and starve ourselves out of existence. I'm honestly more concerned for the animals, plants and other natural things, because I am concerned that when we go, we're going to take everything else out with us. Which really isn't fair for everything else. But I digress.T...
  • Lola Et La Vie
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it. I love nature and I love bees. The connection between earth’s diversity and bees has always intrigued me and this book seemed right up my street.I really connected with the way this book is written. The writing is casual and does not assume prior knowledge. It is written in layman’s terms and anyone would be able to get on with this book. It is beautiful images of all sorts of bees and other ins...
  • Marzie
    1970-01-01
    My fascination with bees dates back to my childhood. My mother's family were gardeners and my mother lavished special garden-love on pollinators. Thus, I was lucky to have seen a variety of bees that were not the common honeybee from an early age. My favorites were the leafcutter bees, neatly excising circles from rose leaves, flying away laden with their prizes. I could spend hours watching bees zoom around our garden, getting steadily more load...
  • Jane
    1970-01-01
    Our Native Bees is a fascinating book about Native American bees. I was afraid Our Native Bees would cover information I already knew, especially when it started off talking about honey bees. However, as the book went on I learned all kinds of interesting stuff about native bees. It's amazing how many varieties there are and how much they accomplish. I am not a scientist, but it seemed very well researched to me. One of my favorite parts was this...
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    As a biologist my first impressions of this book were two-fold: 1) I was thrilled to see a book on native bees, after honeybees have been hogging the spotlight for all these years, and 2) I was a bit skeptical that a non-biologist non-journalist was taking on this subject. But Paige Embry totally delivers with Our Native Bees. The format includes quite a few sidebars and lots of beautiful photos of bees and flowers, so it is a gorgeous book with ...
  • David Wineberg
    1970-01-01
    Beeing Paige EmbryBee lovers are set for life. There are so many native varieties and we know so very little about them, that anyone interested can devote a lifetime to learning, and teaching the rest of us. Pretty much anyone can add to the knowledge base, just by observing and reporting. Our Native Bees is a voyage of discovery rather than a science book. Lots of great photos right where you need them, too.Bees are not just hive residents; that...
  • N.
    1970-01-01
    An absolutely fascinating book about the bees that are native to North America, the threats they face, and what can be done to keep them from disappearing - loaded with gorgeous photos. I've been following stories about bees and their decline for years, but Our Native Bees made it clear that most of what we read about bees is a bit misleading. There are literally thousands of different species of bees. The best-known, honeybees, are European impo...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Our Native Bees is about the importance of bee species native to north america, especially in ecology and agriculture. I knew that the honey bee was originally from europe, but it never occurred to me that - because honey bees have been domesticated for millenia and massive monoculture farms are so new - honey bees are just not good pollinators, especially not for north american plants. And I really didn't know that there were bees native to nort...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Not some dry natural history book, but rather the author's exploration of native bees, with many personal anecdotes.For many years, I didn't THINK about bees...there were honey bees, bumble bees, and wasps, and I mostly avoided them. Then, 10 years ago, we moved to our current home and I saw what looked like little black honey bees on the flowers around the patio. When I looked online, I discovered that they were probably mason bees, and that the...
  • Andrew
    1970-01-01
    The world of insects has become a fascination of mine recently. There is a direct connection between this world that many view as just pests and us. A healthy insect ecosystem bring us our fruits and vegetables among other things. All because of the essential role of pollination. Thus my interest in bees.Our Native Bees helps us to understand the difference between HoneyBees, which are not native to the Americas, and native bees, such as Mason Be...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    I picked this book up on a whim at the library and I'm so glad I did! I usually don't read many nature books as I find them dry and boring. This book is not boring. In addition to this being a highly readable book, it has so much practical information. I would find myself reading a chapter, mulling it over, and then head out to my garden to take a look at the bees visiting my flowers. The author also has me seeing yard and garden management in a ...
  • Anni Welborne
    1970-01-01
    After hearing for years about the collapse of honeybee hives, I began gaining an interest in pollinators and butterflies in particular. However, last summer, we had several holes in the ground on our property where bees were seen flying in and out, and we discovered the existence of native bees. Who knew?!?!This book is gorgeous. Page after page is filled with stunning photography and jam-packed with information. A non-bug person will enjoy it, a...
  • Rob
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book. I have six hives full of honeybees, who hog the spotlight because of that whole honey thing, but since they're non-native to North America, they aren't the best pollinators. This book explains that fact and highlights several other bee species that put honeybees to shame for their pollination powers, sometimes by hundreds of times the "carrying capacity", and points out the diversity of pollinators needed to cover all of the pl...
  • Gina
    1970-01-01
    This is book is an exceptional look at bees and native bees. It is thoughtful and full of wonderful information about the unlikely and little known habits of native bees. I was fascinated from the beginning and was sad to finish the book. I am also committed to making the landscape around my house more native bee friendly. A must read for any gardener, naturalist, or bee enthusiast!
  • Carrie Jensen
    1970-01-01
    Extremely easy and interesting read. The authors journalistic style takes a technical, scientific topic and tells it through great stories. I learned a lot about bees and thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end.
  • Mike Hall
    1970-01-01
    An easy read about a complex creature. The diversity of bees is amazing; but once again our threat to the environment is highlighted. Beautiful photographs of bees.I would have liked a short appendix describing how these photos were taken, equipment lighting etc.
  • Caitlin
    1970-01-01
    Entertaining and informative!
  • Chris
    1970-01-01
    Informative book about the state of wild bees and how important they are as pollinators.
  • Barb
    1970-01-01
    Everyone who pays much attention to the world around them knows that bees are essential to the continued livelihood of most of the plant life in the world today. But to be honest, I've never really given much thought to the *kind of bees that are buzzing around out there. Before reading this book, it never really registered that there are many more species of bees than just the honeybee and the bumblebee. The author of this book began with a simp...