We interview the head of Bat Conservation International. Discover how coyotes spread native pawpaw and persimmon. Our field reporter Bryan Reynolds reveals a rich trove of resources for attracting butterflies to your garden. And a scientist delves into what types of non-invasive goldenrod to add into your garden to attract a plethora of autumn pollinators.
SCIENCE, GARDENING, AND MORE
We ran a survey to learn more about what you, our readers, like about the magazine and where we can improve. We learned that over 90% of our readers have a garden and over 80% have been gardening for 10+ years. They love the articles written by scientists and want more how-to pieces to improve pollinator habitat. If you didn’t get a chance to participate and would like to tell us about what you want to read, visit our reader survey.
One of Rusty Burlew’s photographs identified by Dr. John Ascher as Andrena
DR. JOHN ASCHER - BEE IDENTIFIER EXTRAORDINAIRE
In her column “Beyond the Hive” Rusty Burlew interviews Dr. John Ascher, who devotes long hours of his free time to identifying bees on BugGuide.net and iNaturalist.com. He has ruffled some feathers with his comments, but his sole goal is to improve the accuracy of the databases. He firmly believes that citizen science provides the many eyes and cameras needed to help document the baseline of bees around the world. In this in-depth interview, we learn how he ended up in the chasing bees in farmer’s fields, how he brought the rigor of birding to bees, and why he loves living in Singapore.
From the tiny island of Mauritius to the Missouri Botanical Garden
A RARE PLANT
Readers have requested more information on places worth visiting. And so in this autumn issue, Rebecca Hirsch takes us to Carlinville, IL. This small town in rural Macoupin County has a long legacy of bee research and is home to arguably the most well-studied bee fauna in the world. These noteworthy bees are the legacy of Charles Robertson, a remarkable nineteenth-century naturalist, who amassed a one of- a-kind insect collection. Robertson’s meticulous notes and detailed collection have shaped our understanding of how native bees are doing in the 21st century, and what they need to be able to thrive in a fragmented landscape.