1. If you have unwanted stinging insects in your garden, remove them without poison
2. Stop using pesticides. Check out Beyond Pesticides to learn about toxicity to birds, fish, bees, soil organisms, and your family.
3. Plant attractive ground covers that can host insects, including bees and beetles at various life stages. They need places to hide, places for water to collect, and places to lay eggs that will remain safe until the eggs hatch.
4. Plant a variety of plants that produce flowers across a range of seasons. Different shapes and colors attract different pollinators, so diversity is key.
5. Include native plants in your garden. Since native pollinators and plants have lived together for a long time, their life cycles are closely linked.
The Xerces Society - Pollinator Conservation information including regional plant lists and identification asssistance. Their book Attracting Native Pollinators is also a great guide, and is available at the library.
The Great Sunflower Project - Participate in science by observing pollinators in your own garden.
Beepeeking - Learn about one Seattle resident's delightful foray into the world of pollinators & biodiversity.
Puget Sound Beekeepers Association - Learn more about keeping honey bees