When adding plants to your Alabama landscape, why not choose plants for pollinators? The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works program provides pollinator gardening resources for teachers and students, assembling helpful educational materials from a variety of national organizations.
Resources Recommended by The Nature Conservancy:
- How to Plant A Pollinator Garden
- The Pollinator Partnership organization published a guide for selecting pollinator plants based on your ecoregion.
- Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants (PDF) has great descriptions that provide context on the overall importance of pollinator gardens and how they function.
- Insects in the Garden emphasizes how important pollinators, and insects in general, are to a garden.
- Beneficial Insects, Spiders, and Mites in Your Garden: Who They Are and How to Get Them to Stay is a more detailed description of the importance of insects in a garden.
- The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge has resources that link pollinators to the food we eat. It also discusses the function of a pollinator garden and it even has a pollinator garden registry for those interested in taking the challenge.
- Monarch Watch tracks monarch butterfly migration. They also sell milkweed.
- Organization for Bat Conservation has a bat garden resource guide and a how-to guide on building a bat house.
- Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat gives the 411 on bringing birds home.