|Planting Guides- (Thanks to fellow pollinator advocate, Mel Kelley, for compiling this list!)
http://pollinator.org/guides Those ZIP code guides. Be sure to check your neighboring guides as well because you’ll find additional important information in those too.
https://www.audubon.org/native-plants Don’t forget to be bird friendly!
https://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife Wonderful info in a broader range
http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/ Stand up and be counted!
http://monarchwatch.org/garden/plant-list-monarchwatch.pdf Monarch Watch’s plant list geared towards monarch conservation. Includes some non-natives.
Yard Map! http://www.Yardmap.org Tools to help plan and build the perfect habitat.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center suggested planting lists by state https://www.wildflower.org/collections
North American Butterfly Assn http://nababutterfly.com/regional-butterfly-garden-guides/
Recipe for a Flowering Bee Lawn https://www.beelab.umn.edu/bees/beelawn
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 https://xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/natural-areas/
Rain Gardens! https://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain/soak-rain-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 http://roundstoneseed.com/
EcoBlend Organic! https://ecoblend.myshopify.com/
USGS You know all those incredible bee photos you see? Yep, these guys are amazing! https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/
Bumble bee identification ( scroll to bottom of the page ) https://xerces.org/bumble-bee-identification/
Native Thistle Identification Guide by the Xerces Society https://xerces.org/2017/08/16/bringing-back-native-thistles/
USDA Plants Database, includes county level natives in most cases. https://plants.usda.gov/java/
Discover Life identification search for plants and oh, so much more http://www.discoverlife.org/
Citizen Science Projects
Project Noah http://www.projectnoah.org/
The Great Sunflower Project www.greatsunflower.org They also have a great garden evaluation tool on their site.
https://www.learner.org/jnorth/ Journey North… from the first sprouts of milkweed and monarchs to hummingbird migration and gray whales, something for everyone to report.
Monarch Health http://www.monarchparasites.org/ tracking OE in monarchs and a great guide to follow to raise healthy monarchs.
Monarch Larva Monitoring https://mlmp.org/default.aspx
Got time on your hands?
You can help transcribe museum records ( and get a sneak peek at museum holdings of the wild sort!) at https://www.notesfromnature.org/
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! http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/
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. http://chimneyswifts.org/