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    Default Resources

    Post links to resources here (commercial or public). Lets keep the discussion to other treads (keep the chatter down here) and leave this as an intro and source book.

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    Default How to Manage the Blue Orchard Bee

    How to Manage the Blue Orchard Bee as an Orchard Pollinator
    Bosch, J., Kemp, W.

    Online book

    http://www.sare.org/publications/bob.htm

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    Default Befriending Bumblebees

    Befriending Bumblebees, A Practical Guide to Rasing Local Bumble Bees
    Evans, E., Burns, I., Spivak, M.

    http://befriendingbumblebees.com/

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    Default ATTRA publication

    Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees
    By Lane Greer
    NCAT Agriculture Specialist
    Published 1999
    ATTRA Publication #IP126

    http://www.attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/nativebee.html

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    Default USDA, Logan

    USDA Pollinating Insect- Biology, Management, Systematics Research at Logan, Utah

    http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/site_ma...de=54-28-05-00

    not the easiest website to navigate, but good info. Check out this intro to squash bees
    http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=12041

    quick stick nests
    http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=14404

    Plants Attractive to Native Bees
    http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=12052

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    Suppliers of Bees and Bee Equipment

    Barry Wolf Farms
    Box 6
    Carrot River
    Saskatchewan, CANADA; S0E 0L0
    306-768-3518
    A source of leafcutter bees.

    Bee Busters
    George Bristol
    P.O. Box 600
    Pescadero, CA 94060
    415-879-0233
    Raises and sells Osmia lignaria.

    Bees West, Inc.
    P.O. Box 1378
    Freedom, CA 95019
    408-728-3325
    Provide bumblebees (Bombus occidentalis, B. impatiens) and other commercial pollination services.

    Benecia Garden & Nursery
    Carol de Maintenon, Owner
    126 East E Street
    Benicia, CA 94510
    benicia@beniciagarden.com
    Supplier of Osmia, condos, and straws.

    Custom Paper Tubes, Inc.
    P.O. Box 44187
    Cleveland, OH 44144-0187
    800-766-2527
    Provides fabricated-to-order paper tubers as solitary bee nesting materials.

    Entomo-Logic
    Evan Sugden & Kristina Williams
    9807 NE 140th St.
    Bothell, WA 98011-5132
    425-820-8037
    easugden@msn.com
    Services: pollination, consultation on rearing and pollination, presentations on bees, beekeeping, and pollination. Products: Osmia lignaria, bee blocks, paper nest inserts, pollination kits for beginners.

    Tom Farmer
    16021 Marsing Rd.
    Caldwell, ID 83605
    208-459-8251
    Raises and sells Osmia lignaria.

    Brad Gill
    P.O. Box 761
    Rainier, WA 98576
    360-894-3672 or
    206-894-3672
    Raises and sells Osmia lignaria, nest blocks.

    The Green Spot Ltd.
    93 Priest Rd.
    Nottingham, NH 03290-6204
    603-942-8925/8932
    GrnSpt@internetMCI.com
    Source of bumblebees.

    Hydro-Gardens, Inc.
    P.O. Box 25845
    Colorado Springs, CO 80936
    800-634-6362
    Source of bumblebees.

    International Pollination Systems USA
    16645 Plum Rd.
    Caldwell, ID 83605
    208-990-1390
    Provides consultant services, supplies, and breeding stock of various bees (Megachile rotundata, Osmia lignaria, Bombus occidentalis, B. impatiens) for commercial orchards and field crop growers.

    International Pollination Systems Canada
    Box 241
    Fisher Branch, Manitoba
    CANADA; ROC OZO
    204-372-6920
    IPS' primary objective is to provide pollinating bees and assistance to growers who want to initiate their own pollination program or improve an existing one. They are providers of alkali bees (Nomia melanderi), blue orchard bees (Osmia lignaria), bumblebees (Bombus spp.), honeybees (Apis mellifera) and leafcutter bees (Megachile rotundata).

    Jonesville Paper Tube Corporation
    540 Beck St.
    P.O. Box 39
    Jonesville, MI 49250
    517-849-9963
    info@papertube.com
    Manufacturer of paper tubes for bees.

    Knox Cellars
    25724 NE 10th St.
    Redmond, WA 98053
    425-898-8802
    425-898-8070 FAX
    Brian@knoxcellars.com
    Sells blue orchard bees (Osmia lignaria) along with nesting materials and education products about them. Provides starter kits called pollinators with three filled nests containing six to seven overwintering bees each. Also sells cardboard nesting tubes or assorted drilled pine boards as bee real estate ready to be hung on a wall and occupied by nesting females. Also sells bumblebee houses and education material about them.

    Koppert Biological Systems, Inc.
    28465 Beverly Rd.
    Romulus, MI 48174
    734-641-3763
    734-641-3793 FAX
    Source of bumblebees.

    Dale C. Nielson
    530 East 600 South
    Logan, UT 84321
    435-753-2004
    wildbee@uswest.net
    Nesting tubes for Osmia lignaria & O. cornifrons

    Orchard Bees
    Greg Dickman
    4391 County Rd. 35
    Auburn, IN 46706-9794
    219-925-5076 (home)
    219-925-4414 (work)
    Sell the blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria), along with paper straws, cardboard nesting tubes, and a video on their life history and propagation. Bees are supplied during the fall, winter, and early spring as overwintering adults in their nesting tubes.

    Pawood Bee Blocks
    Box 415
    Ambrose, ND 58833
    701-982-3237
    Provides nesting blocks for hornfaced and orchard bees.

    Plant Sciences, Inc.
    342 Green Valley Rd.
    Watsonville, CA 95076
    831-728-7771
    Source of bumblebees.

    Raintree Nursery
    391 Butts Rd.
    Morton, WA 98356
    360-496-6400
    Bee blocks and bees.

    Territorial Seed Company
    20 Palmer Ave.
    P.O. Box 157
    Cottage Grove, OR 97424-0064
    541-942-9547
    888-657-3131 FAX
    Bee blocks and bees.

    Ustick Bee Board Co.
    11133 Ustick Rd.
    Boise, ID 83704
    208-322-7778
    Supplies wooden drilled bee nesting boards in addition to modern styrofoam nesting materials for the management of alfalfa leafcutter bees (Megachile rotundata).

    Raymond D. Williams
    P.O. Box 1943
    Binghamton, NY 13902-1943
    607-775-3369
    Supplies Osmia spp.

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    Default Re: Resources

    A new website that has been built by multiple commercial experts and ARS/Bee Lab support is https://www.crownbees.com

    Crown Bees is an ethical company that is here to help the local gardener succeed with raising mason bees. Later, we're looking to go beyond mason bees to other native bees as people throughout North America become successful in managing them.

    Ethical in the sense that we will not ship western blue orchard bees to customers east of the rockies and vice versa. We are attempting to find people raising eastern hornfaced bees or blue orchards... contact us.

    You'll find innovative & quality products with low prices. We don't want costs to preclude people from raising native insects.



    Dave Hunter, Owner
    Crown Bees

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    Default Re: Resources

    Bumblebee Economics by Bernd Heinrich. 2004. Harvard University Press.
    -has great information and great appendices with plans for a bumblebee house and a bumblebee ID guide.

    Bumblebee: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation by Dave Goulson. 2010. Oxford University Press.
    -great information, extensive references. ID guide included but for UK bumblebee species.

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    Default Re: Resources

    Here is a small library on native pollinators - http://strathconabeekeepers.blogspot...ve pollinators

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    Default Re: Resources

    I see some folks needing identification of native bees or insects. I always submit my insect photos to bugguide.net (http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740) where volunteer experts do a great job of identifying your insect photos.

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