Please excuse us while we catch up with this extensive list of relevant links: revising, checking, formatting, checking twice. Please let us know if there is a resource we should list by emailing info(at)


North America / International

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC)

  • organizations and individuals can join NAPPC - it's free


Pollinator Partnership

  • a lot of information on the web site


The Great Sunflower Project

  • a citizen science program using sunflowers to assess distributions of pollinators


Urban Bee Gardens, University of California Berkeley


  • guides to bee identification


Bug Guide

  • insect identification guide with photos


International Commission on Plant Bee Relations

  • technical information for professional practitioners, but information valuable




  • access and connections to scientific expertise
  • presentations on-line
  • some downloadable public education lectures
  • sampling protocols
  • speakers for public talks


Pollination Canada

  • general information about pollinators, flowers, pollination
  • citizen science monitoring program



Ontario Horticultural Association

  • The OHA connects over 30,000 gardeners in communities throughout Ontario.


Royal Botanical Gardens

  • Helen M. Kippax garden and No Mow, No Blow, No H2O demonstration garden
    • plant lists
    • plant suppliers
    • information incorporated into signage
    • brochure development
  • Pollination Discovery Cart materials
  • Education programs offered through videoconference or at the nature interpretive centre (all curriculum-connected)
  • Fact sheets
    • How to Build a Bee House
    • Butterfly-Friendly Gardens


Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative

Toronto Master Gardeners

  • web site has over 90 fact sheets, 10 of which focus on organic / biodiversity


Guelph and Wellington County Master Gardeners

  • offers free non-biased, science-based horticultural information and advice to home gardeners in their community


Pollination Guelph

  • general information and examples
  • many fact sheets
  • i.d. keys
  • species information
  • monitoring information
  • presentations on pollination and pollinators, given by P.G., or available for others to use
  • leaflets on native trees and shrubs for pollinators


City of Guelph

  • Natural Heritage Strategy (look for 2007 Strategic Plan -> Goals -> Environmental)


City of Guelph, Healthy Landscapes

University of Guelph, Arboretum

  • Gosling Gardens, some pollination information


Credit Valley Conservation

  • lists of native plants
  • lists of Southern Ontario native plant nurseries and seed producers


Brad Peterson

  • Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design, public and private projects



Insectarium de Montréal

  • handout on bee/wasp stings - countering peoples' fear
Many of you will wish to explore in more detail and depth the amazing world of pollinators. We’ve come up with a list of resources you might want to check out. Of course, there’s lots more out there, so we encourage you to go to your local library for more information. If there are “essentials” that you know about and are not found on this list, please contact us. 
Understanding Pollination
Pollinator Insects
Status of Pollinators in North America:
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign:
Bee Facts:
Current Threats to Pollinators
Pollination and pollinators are now recognized globally as being environmentally eroded. The Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and The World Conservation Union (IUCN) have declared the necessity for conservation of pollinator resources, including in urban settings.
Conservation Initiatives for Pollinators
Initiatives to understand and appreciate the biodiversity and importance of pollinators have started in several countries, including Canada. The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, with strong Canadian representation, ( represents the interests of many organizations, from garden societies to government agencies, from golf courses to wilderness, as well as the agrochemical industries, all of which are concerned with conservation, biodiversity, and sustainability.
North American Initiatives
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign:
Pollinator Partnership:
The Xerces Society:
Entomological Society of Canada
Canadian Museum of Nature’s Biological Survey of Canada Program:
International Initiatives
International Initiative for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Pollinators (CBD) :
International Network of Expertise for Sustainable Pollination:
Embrace the Challenge
Monitoring Pollinating Insects
Become a parataxonomist. 
Participate in our Pollination Canada Project
Creating Habitat and Attracting Pollinators
Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Wild About Gardening Program:
Say No to Pesticides
On the Status of Pollinators in North America
United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
See for U. of Guelph’s Dr. Peter Kevan’s collected publications
Join the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign ListServ:
The Canadian Entomologist:
Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification:
Must Haves for Your Home Library
“Insects and Gardens” by Eric Grissell (2001)
“Ecology for Gardeners” by Steven Carroll and Steven Salt (2004)
“Garden Insects of North America” by Whitney Cranshaw (2004)
“The Forgotten Pollinators” by Stephen Buchmann and Gary Nabhan (1996)
Field Guides and Keys
Note: Regional field guides for insects and plants are a must. Unfortunately, we can’t list all publications for all of North America. For field guides region-specific information, contact your local library, bookstore, garden store, natural history museum, or wildflower or native plant society.
Peterson, R. T., White, R. E., Leahy, C. W., and Borror, D. J. 1987. Peterson First Guides. InsectsHoughton Mifflin, BostonMA
Description: Peterson First Guides are the first books the beginning naturalist needs. Condensed versions of the famous Peterson Field Guides, the First Guides focus on the animals, plants, and other natural things you are most likely to see. They make it fun to get into the field and easy to progress to the full-fledged Peterson Guides.
Borror, D. J., and R. E. White. 1998. A Field Guide to InsectsAmerica North of Mexico. Houghton Mifflin, BostonMA.
Description: Detailed descriptions of insect orders, families, and many individual species are illustrated with 1,200 drawings and 142 superb color paintings. Illustrations - which use the unique Peterson Identification System to distinguish one insect from another - include size lines to show the actual length of each insect. A helpful glossary explains the technical terms of insect anatomy.
Other Interesting Field Guides and Keys:
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders by National Audubon Society
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies by National Audubon Society
Peterson First Guide to Butterflies and Moths by Paul A. Opler
The Audubon Society Handbook for Butterfly Watchers by Robert Pyle
The Butterflies of Canada by RA. Layberry, P.W.Hall and J.D.Lafontaine
A Field Guide to the Beetles of North America by Richard E. White
The Bees of the World by C.D. Michener
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Eastern Region (Revised Edition) by National Audubon Society
Wildflowers (Peterson Field Guides Color-In Books) by Frances Tenenbaum (Author), Virginia Savage (Illustrator), Roger Tory Peterson (Series Editor)
A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) (Paperback) by Margaret McKenny (Author), Roger Tory Peterson (Series Editor)