Our Native Bees: North America's Endangered Pollinators
and the Fight to Save Them
By Paige Embry


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Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees–endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies–is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture. The people and stories are compelling: Paige Embry goes on a bee hunt with the world expert on the likely extinct Franklin’s bumble bee, raises blue orchard bees in her refrigerator, and learns about an organization that turns the out-of-play areas in golf courses into pollinator habitats. Our Native Bees is a fascinating, must-read for fans of natural history and science and anyone curious about bees.

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    Paige Embry’s “Our Native Bees” is a fascinating deep dive into the world of North America’s native bees, which are often overshadowed by their more famous cousin, the honeybee. This book brilliantly captures the diversity, beauty, and critical importance of these often-overlooked pollinators. Embry’s writing is engaging and accessible, making complex scientific concepts understandable and interesting. Through a mix of personal anecdotes, interviews with bee experts, and well-researched facts, she highlights the challenges these bees face and the vital role they play in our ecosystems. If you’re passionate about nature, concerned about the environment, or just curious about the tiny creatures that make our world bloom, this book is a must-read. It’s a call to action to appreciate and protect our native bees before it’s too late.

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