Our autumn issue is jam packed with informative articles. Read the preview.

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.

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If you enjoyed our free excerpt, consider subscribing to gain access to all 104 pages. We bring you:

  • The latest science on how bumble bees escape from greenhouses and interbreed with the local populations

  • How to plant a moon garden to attract night pollinators

  • Revisiting Carlinville, how a small town in rural Illinois is helping to solve important questions about changes in species richness and pollination networks because of phenomenal historical records

  • Blue bees

  • And so much 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


In her column “Beyond the Hive” Rusty Burlew interviews Dr. John Ascher, who devotes long hours of his free time to identifying bees on and 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


I arrived at the Missouri Botanical Garden to meet a notable emissary. This ambassador hailed from a small island in the Indian Ocean called Mauritius, somewhat near Madagascar. She represented a tiny native community, a group that has lived together along a single five-hundred-foot waterfall, clinging to one cliff face their entire lives. She was on the smaller side, with leaves shaped like pickle spears and a comparatively large blue-violet flower hat dripped red nectar like hot sauce to attract rainbow-hued gecko pollinators. Her name was Nesocodon mauritianus, a diminutive plant in danger of disappearing…


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.