Native bees are important and often under-appreciated pollinators. If you'd like to find out more about these helpful insects and what you can do to conserve and protect them on your property and in your community, start by reading about them in Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees by Dr. Beatriz Moisset and Dr. Stephen Buchmann.
This forty-four page booklet, published by the USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership, is available as a free download or can be ordered in a print version. With information on bee anatomy, nesting, and foraging needs, along with profiles of native bees and an extensive section on conservation and what you can do to help keep native bee populations healthy, the booklet provides a wealth of information written in an accessible manner. For those who want to delve deeper, there is a helpful resource section.
The Pollinator Partnership website also offers extensive information on all kinds of pollinators.
To download Bee Basics and find out more about pollinators, go to: Pollinator Partnership.