Useful Links

Planting Guides- (Thanks to fellow pollinator advocate, Mel Kelley, for compiling this list!) Those ZIP code guides. Be sure to check your neighboring guides as well because you’ll find additional important information in those too. Don’t forget to be bird friendly! Wonderful info in a broader range Stand up and be counted! Monarch Watch’s plant list geared towards monarch conservation. Includes some non-natives.

Yard Map! Tools to help plan and build the perfect habitat.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center suggested planting lists by state

North American Butterfly Assn

Recipe for a Flowering Bee Lawn

PS- don’t forget to check the homepage of all these guides for so much more information than their planting lists.

Mowing Natural Areas for those with large properties:

I’m dropping this in because many friends have more than a simple building lot that they maintain. It’s from our good friends at the Xerces Society

Site Preparation

Rain Gardens! This can be a very important tool! Not only do rain gardens help clean our waterways but just about every city in the US is under Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) rules. In one breath your city may complain about the height of your front yard ‘weeds’ but in another city office the MS4 Stormwater folks are telling you to plant those same plants to help meet your town’s MS4 goals.

Xerces Society Guide ( notice how many times I refer to this wonderful group?)

RoundStone Seed Company

EcoBlend Organic!
Identification Guides

Bee Identification-

USGS You know all those incredible bee photos you see? Yep, these guys are amazing!

Bumble bee identification ( scroll to bottom of the page )

Native Thistle Identification Guide by the Xerces Society

USDA Plants Database, includes county level natives in most cases.

Discover Life identification search for plants and oh, so much more

Citizen Science Projects

Project Noah

The Great Sunflower Project They also have a great garden evaluation tool on their site. Journey North… from the first sprouts of milkweed and monarchs to hummingbird migration and gray whales, something for everyone to report.

Monarch Health tracking OE in monarchs and a great guide to follow to raise healthy monarchs.

Monarch Larva Monitoring

Got time on your hands?

You can help transcribe museum records ( and get a sneak peek at museum holdings of the wild sort!) at
Want to know what birds are visiting your garden and habitats?

Got Merlin? The wonderful bird identification app from The Cornell Lab. It could not be easier to use to make correct bird identifications. It simply asks where, when, how big, what colors and quickly shows you the most likely answer!
Nature’s BioControls-

Hate mosquitoes? Our beloved little Chimney Swifts are up for the job of mosquito removal! Your help is needed to protected these hard working birds! Removing your chimney top screens from early spring until you really need to build a fire to take the chill off late fall will help keep our swift populations healthy.