A resource is a promise. For the garden in the photograph above, it may be a promise of nectar and pollen that nourish bees or a promise in beauty that guides our sense of truth. Information, too, is a resource for learning, gaining perspective, and appreciating our world. Here you’ll find resources for educators, gardeners, and beekeepers. Additional links are provided for free downloads as well as a form for ordering by mail. We’ll be adding to the resources over time. In the meantime, contact us if you have questions—please!
There are many excellent resources of information on honey bees and other pollinators—in addition to Honey-Maker! The materials listed here are provided as a start for exploring that very large (and growing) body of work and sorted as to relative interest generally/for educators, for gardeners, and for beekeepers. We’ll be adding to and making changes in this list over time, so please visit again.
Note: Sites are noted in some of the individual listings for less-easily found resources. Libraries also provide a good source of materials, especially for those listed with limited availability.
General Interest/Educator Resources
Bishop, H. 2006. Robbing The Bees: A Biography of Honey—The Sweet Liquid Gold That Seduced The World. Atria Books.
Carson, R. 2002. Silent Spring. Houghton Mifflin Company. (Anniversary Edition; other editions also available.)
Longgood, W. 1998. The Queen Must Die: and Other Affairs of Bees and Men. W.W. Norton & Company.
Miller, C.C. 1911. Fifty Years Among the Bees. The A.I. Root Company.
Morse, R.A. 1983. A Year in the Beeyard: An Expert’s Month-By-Month Instructions for Successful Beekeeping. Scribner. (Very limited availability.)
Spivak, Marla. TEDGlobal: Why Bees Are Disappearing.
The Hive and The Honey Bee: Selections From The E.F. Phillips Beekeeping Collection At Mann Library.
Von Frisch, K. 1967. The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. (Very limited availability.)
Von Frisch, K. 1973. Decoding the Language of The Bee. Nobel Lecture. December 12, 1973.
Aston, D. and S. Bucknall. 2010. Plants and Honey Bees: Their Relationships. Non Basic Stock Line. (Other editions available, also.)
Burgett, D.M., B.A. Stringer, and L.D. Johnston. 1989. Nectar and Pollen Plants of Oregon and The Pacific Northwest. Honeystone Press. (Limited availability.)
Lovell, J.H. 1926. Honey Plants of North America. A.I. Root Company. Medina, Ohio. (Limited availability.)
Mader, E., M. Spivak, and E. Evans. 2010. Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists. SARE Handbook 11. Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service. (A pdf is available for limited personal use.)
McGregor, S.E. 1976. Insect Pollination of Cultivated Crop Plants: The First and Only Virtual Beekeeping Book Updated Contin[u]ously. (Additions are listed by crop and date.)
Pendergrass, K., M. Vaughan, and J. Williams. 2008. Plants for Pollinators in Oregon. USDA NRCS Technical Note, Plant Materials Number 13.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 2005. Native Pollinators. Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Leaflet Number 34.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plants Database.
Vaughan, M., M. Shepherd, C. Kremen, and S.H. Black. 2004. Farming for Bees: Guidelines for Providing Native Bee Habitat On Farms. The Xerces Society.
Blackiston, H. 2009. Beekeeping for Dummies (Second edition). For Dummies.
Caron, D.M. and L. Connor. 2013. Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping (Revised Edition). Wicwas Press.
Conrad, R. 2013. Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture (Second Edition). Chelsea Green Publishing.
Dade, H.A. 2009. Anatomy and Dissection of The Honeybee. International Bee Research Association. (Limited availability. See Also: International Bee Research Association.)
Flottum, Kim. 2009. The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook: A Guide to Creating, Harvesting, and Cooking with Natural Honeys. Quarry Books.
Flottum, Kim. 2010. The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden (Revised and Updated). Quarry Books.
Gary, Norman. 2010. Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees. Hobby Farm Press. (Kindle Edition, 2011.)
Killion, E.E. 1989. Honey in The Comb. Dadant & Sons. (Limited availability.)
Sammataro, D. and A. Avitabile. 2011. The Beekeeper’s Handbook (Fourth Edition). Comstock Publishing Associates.
Sanford, M.T. and R.E. Bonney. 2010. Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health. Storey Publishing, LLC.
Seeley, T.D. 2010. Honeybee Democracy. Princeton University Press.
Winston, M.L. 1991. The Biology of The Honey Bee. Harvard University Press.
Related Organizations and Programs
Pollinator Partnership—North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
—and beekeeper groups in every state!