Texts, readings, papers and resources

Learn more about native plants and biodiversity by reading, investigating and journaling with us each week. We’ve posted suggested books, papers, journal prompts, resources and websites. Subscribe by e-mail (bottom right) if you’d like weekly reminders.

BNH, Bringing Nature Home, Douglas Tallamy

NWF, Attracting Birds, Butterflies And Other Backyard Wildlife, David Mizejewski

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer. Read at your own pace. (Denise suggests the audiobook, read by the author. It’s amazing, even if you don’t usually like audiobooks.)

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Related Articles and Papers

Journal Prompts

Additional Resources

1 (1/2) Mary Gardiner, Insects and Biodiversity BNH Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4

NWF Introduction, Chapter 1

Owners’ Perceptions Do Not Match Actual Ground-Dwelling Invertebrate Diversity in Their Gardens


The Role of ‘Nativeness’ in Urban Greening to Support Animal Biodiversity


Grassland disturbance increases monarch butterfly oviposition and decreases arthropod predator abundance, Nathan Haan and Doug Landis, MSU


What is your definition of “native plant?” Scour the web or favorite books for different definitions. How does your definition change as you read through other definitions?


Attracting Beneficial Insects with Native Flowering Plants, MSU


ODNR (Ohio) Backyards for Butterflies


The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation regional pollinator publications


2 (1/9)

Week 2 Overview


Doug Tallamy, Why Native Plants? BNH Chapters 5, 6, 7

NWF Chapter 2

How Non-native Plants Are Contributing to a Global Insect Decline


Food for thought: Don’t Judge Species on Their Origins

Impacts of biological invasions: what’s what and the way forward Daniel Simberloff

What “keystone plants” are growing in your garden, neighborhood or region (see links to the right)?  What keystone species could you add to your garden or other nearby site? NWF Native Plant Finder

Keystone Plants by ecoregion, Doug Tallamy and NWF

Host Plants (for butterflies and moths) by Ecoregion, Doug Tallamy and NWF

State Native Plant Societies

E.O. Wilson’s Half Earth Project

Native Plant Trust

BONAP, The Biota of North America Program

USDA Plants Database

Webinar: Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home

Native Plants for Birds webinar with OSU’s Marne Titchenell (focus on Ohio)

3 (1/16)


Lisa Olsen, Cultivating a Community of Support BNH Chapters 8, 9, 10

NWF Chapter 3


Gardeners’ Perceptions of Northwestern U.S. Native Plants Are Influenced by Ecological Information and Garden Group Affiliation


Urban Gardens as a Space to Engender Biophilia: Evidence and Ways Forward

What organizations, associations or groups focus on native plants and/or biodiversity in your community (in-person, online or both)? How could you join (or foster the creating of) a group? About Wild Ones

Wild Ones Native Plant Garden Designs

Additional resources/links shared by Lisa Olsen

St. Louis Audubon Society- Bringing Conservation Home

National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat

Webinar: Gerardo Camilo, The City as Refuge for Insect Pollinators, including St. Louis Audubon study.


4 (1/23)


Bryan Danforth, Specialist Bees BNH Chapters 11, 12

NWF Chapter 4

Pollen Specialist Bees of the Eastern United States, Fowler and Droege


Above, for Central U.S.


Above, for Western U.S.


Host Plants for Pollen Specialist Bees of the Eastern United States

Spend time investigating specialist bees in your state or region. What plants can you add to your garden to attract specialist bees? Why are native plants vital for these pollinators?


Find resources for Central and Western U.S. in the column to the left, and resources for Eastern U.S. including Ohio in the column to the right.


Bryan Danforth’s webinar handout PDF

Book title: The Solitary Bees

Creating a pollinator garden for native specialist bees of New York and the Northeast

Specialist bee and death camas paper Bryan mentioned:

Cane JH. 2018. Co-dependency between a specialist Andrena bee and its death camas host, Toxicoscordion paniculatum. Arthropod-Plant Interactions. 1–6

Wild Pollinators of Eastern Apple Orchards

Guide to Specialist Bees of Ohio


5 (1/30)


Heather Holm, Bumble Bees BNH Chapters 13, 14, Afterword

NWF Chapter 5

Bumble Bees Selectively Use Native and Exotic Species to Maintain Nutritional Intake Across Highly Variable and Invaded Local floral Resource Pools


Are Native and Non-native Pollinator Friendly Plants Equally Valuable for Native Wild Bee Communities?

Which bumble bee species are common to your area? What resources does your garden offer bumble bees, including forage (food) and nesting resources? Books by Heather Holm

Xerces Conserving Bumble Bees

Xerces Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Lists


Bumble Bee Watch




6 (2/6) Debra Knapke, Native Plants in My Garden NWF Chapter 6 Do Leaf-eating Insects Eat Nativars?


Importance of Plant Diversity and Structure for Urban Garden Pest Resistance


Herbaceous Perennial Ornamental Plants Can Support Complex Pollinator Communities

How would you describe your gardening style? How can you use native plants to enhance your garden spaces? Which plants are on your “wish list” this year? NWF Native Plant Finder


National Audubon Society Native Plant Finder


Native Plant List for Ohio Gardeners


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Mt. Cuba Trial Garden Reports