Winter is a quiet time for pollinators and humans alike. Plants have gone dormant, pollinators are safely tucked away, and we spend the short winter days dreaming about spring. Puttering away in the garden might not be an option right now, but we can definitely start planning for the next growing season! We have curated a selection of books for all ages to explore this winter. Learn how to identify different bee species, dive into the world of oaks, or read a fun story to kids.
General Knowledge & Guides
Take a deep dive into the world of native plants and pollinators with these books. Some act as guides to help establish or extend your pollinator garden, while others take a broader approach to examine the interconnectivity of native species and the environment.
Want to know who’s who in your pollinator garden? Identification guides will help you reveal those mysterious garden visitors. Not sure where to start? Pick a type of pollinator (bees, butterflies, flies, etc.) or plant (wildflowers, trees, etc.) that interests you and grab one of the ID guides below. Spend some time over the winter familiarizing yourself with the book’s layout, identification keys, and important ID features.
We recommend using a camera with decent zoom abilities to photograph your garden visitors, then compare your photos to the ID guide – much easier than chasing a bee around the garden with a book in hand! You can upload your photos to iNaturalist or Bumble Bee Watch, where experts and community scientists can help identify the species.
Bees, Bumble Bees & Wasps
Of course, we can’t forget the budding naturalists! Help kids connect with nature and science through engaging stories and illustrations. See how they apply the stories to their own lives and backyards.