“Managing Alternative Pollinators:
A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists” is
a first-of-its-kind, step-by-step, full-color guide for rearing
and managing bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees and other
bee species that provide pollination alternatives to the rapidly
declining honey bee.
Written by Eric Mader of the Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation
Program; Professor of Entomology Marla Spivak; and Elaine Evans,
author of “Befriending Bumble Bees,” the book includes
expert information on the business and biology of pollination and
how-to guidance on raising the alternative bee species.
The book is ideal for:
Beekeepers: Detailed information on each alternative pollinator’s
biology, disease, pest and chemical susceptibility, and step-by-step
instructions on how to rear and manage.
Growers: Guidance for understanding the business of pollination,
matching pollinators to crops, and deciding how best to pollinate
for successful agriculture and pollinator protection.
Concerned Citizens: Easy-to-understand accounts of the
honey bee’s plight, the business of pollination, and what
we all can do to protect pollinators and our food systems.