Resources for creating a habitat

Books

Pollinators of Native Plants- Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants by Heather Holm

Bees, an Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide by Heather Holm

Free download available of A Flower Patch for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee: Creating Habitat Gardens for Native Pollinators in the Greater Toronto Area by Lorraine Johnston and Sheila Colla:

https://foecanada.org/the-bee-cause/bee-garden-guide/

 

Links

 

A list of native and non-native plants for the Guelph area:

https://guelph.ca/wp-content/uploads/droughtTolerant-NativePlants.pdf

 

Another free download with lots of native bee information:

https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/8eb7-Biodiversity-BeesBook-Division-Planning-And-Development.pdf

 

These booklets are good at offering native plant alternatives to typical garden plants that are invasive:

https://www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/resources/grow-me-instead/

 

Link to an interesting study comparing the benefits of straight native plants species with ‘nativars’ (cultivars of native species).

https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1625&context=graddis

 

North American Native Plant Society www.nanps.org

 

List of some native plants for the Toronto region:

https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/live-green-toronto/tips-to-create-a-pollinator-friendly-garden/

 

How to avoid falling for marketing hype:  https://www.bee-washing.com

 

Forest Gene Conservation Association lists native trees by ecoregion: 

https://fgca.net/species-conservation/native-species-learn/locate-your-ecodistrict/