Birders have it so easy with many bird identification books to choose from!
Just try to identify a few of the 1,600 species of Native Bees who live in California in your backyard pollinating your flowers, vegetables and fruit trees! Where is the Native Bee identification book for that?
Since we don’t have one of those books yet, a good start for Native Bee identification would come from the 2011 North American Bee Calendar as it features 12 more commonly seen North American Native Bees. These Calendars are available at http://www.xerces.org/calendar/… or … http://www.greatsunflower.org/product/2011calendar. You not only get to learn more about those native bees, but you also get to support pollinator conservation efforts of these organizations when you buy a calendar!
Since bees are responsible for every third bite of food, it is very important we begin to help our pollinators in any way we can. Thanks.
Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek
I can’t argue with that! Those native bee calendars are also pretty neat! I’m going to get one myself. /Gary