Resources for Information on Bees

Understanding Native Bees, the Great Pollinators: Enhancing their Habitat in Maine. University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service Bulletin #7153

Pollinators: Key to a Colorful World – Pollinator Fact Sheet

Pollinator Plants of the Northeast Region

Selecting Plants for Pollinators: A Regional Guide for Farmers, Land Managers and Gardeners

Top Forage Plants for a Bee Garden in Maine

Maine Yardscaping

Fun Bee and Honey Facts for Kids

Books and Films               


For Young Readers:

Socha, Piotr: Bees: A Honeyed History.  Harry N. Abrams, 2017.

Socha, Piotr and Grajkowski, Ciech : The Book of Bees. Thames and Hudson, 2016.

Jay, Alison: Bee and Me. Old Barn Books, 2017. (picture book)

Bees and Threats to Colony Life:

Frey, Kate: The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard That Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity. Ten Speed Press, 2016.

Jacobson, Rowan: Fruitless Fall: Collapse of the Honeybee. Bloomsbury USA, 2009.

Manley, Reeser. The Life in your Garden: Gardening for Biodiversity. Tilbury House Publishers. 2016.

Novacek, Michael: Terra: Our 100-Million-Year-Old Ecosystem – and Threats That Now Put It At Risk. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Pollan, Michael: The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World. Random House, 2002.

Wilson, Joseph: Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees. Princeton University Press, 2015.

Wilson-Rich, Noah and Allin, Kelly: The Bee: A Natural History. Princeton University Press, 2014.

For Beekeepers:

Blackiston, H.: Beekeeping for Dummies. For Dummies, 2017.

Flottum, Kim: Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden. 3rd edition, with new material. Quarry Books, 2014.

Gould, James L. and Carol G.: Beekeeping. Scientific American Series, 1995.

Jones, Richard and Sweeney-Lynch, Sharon: The Beekeeper’s Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & other Home Uses. Stewart, Chabori and Chang, 2011.


At York Public Library:

“Tales from the Hive” [2007] Narration written by Thomas Friedman; directed by Wolfgang Thaler, Herbert Habersack ; [a co-production by WGBH/Boston, Adi Mayer Film, ORF, BMUK in association with WDR]. Using specially developed camera lenses, Nova brings you the most intimate and most spectacular portrayal of a working bee colony ever filmed.

“Wings of Life” [2013] Disneynature presents a Blacklight Films production; story [and] directed by Louie Schwartzberg ; produced by Alix Tidmarsh and Louie Schwartzberg. This intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible and increasingly threatened creatures.

“Bee People” [2014] An Ellis Edits production with Glencross Films; produced by Leslie Ellis, David G. Knappe ; directed & edited by David G. Knappe.     “For 100 million years, bees have provided sustainability on earth– yet these glorious pollinators are facing challenges and fading from our planet. … [This film] provides an in-depth look at the people who are facing the challenge on behalf of the bees, making a difference, and urging everyone to join them on a planet-saving mission”.

“More than Honey” [2013] Eine Produktion von Zero One Film, Allegro FIlm, Thelma Film & Ormenis Film; in Koproduktion mit SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SSR SRG, Bayerischer Rundfunk ; Produzenten, Thomas Kufus, Helmut Grasser, Pierre-Alain Meier ; Buch und Regie, Markus Imhoof.  An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China, and Australia. Tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction.

 “Vanishing of the Bees” Hive Mentality Films and Hipfuel present; directed by George Langworthy & Maryam Henein ; produced by Maryam Henein & George Langworthy ; written by Maryam Henein, George Langworthy & James Erskine. Colony Collapse Disorder has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, cherries, almonds and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. This documentary follows two commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. They plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Available to Request from Other Minerva Libraries:

“Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” [2010] A Collective Eye production; directed & produced by Taggart Siegel; produced by Jon Betz. A documentary on colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon involving the mass disappearance of honeybees from their hives. Special features: How you can help featurette, Wild and wonderful beehives featurette, Amazing facts about bees featurette, interviews with Gunther Hauk & Vandana Shiva, Bug Song music video, theatrical trailers, & more.

“Saving the Life Keepers: The New Science of Sustainable Beekeeping”. Vancouver, B.C.: Monde Films, [2013] “From the semi deciduous forest of Mexico to the farm lands and cities of North America, learn how successful beekeepers overcome challenges and develop sustainable practices to improve the quality and quantity of bee populations. This documentary offers several practical solutions.



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