Editorial Reviews
In The Forgotten Pollinators, two researchers delve into the  little-known and fascinating
world of pollination.  The authors, an entomologist and an ethnobotanist and nature writer, illustrate in
clear yet proficient language the importance of this interaction between insect and plant, which
provides the world with one-third of its food source. Using colorful examples--including a moth that
rappels down cliffs to pollinate a plant in Hawaii--they also explain how modern developments are
threatening this essential process. Published through the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the book
is aimed at raising awareness about the potential loss of pollinators and their plants, while showing
the larger picture of a fragile ecosystem through the eyes of some of its more unnoticed inhabitants.

The New York Times Book Review, Carol Kaesuk Yoon

A pleasing concoction of natural and cultural history illustrating how pollination works and how
easily it can be disrupted.

From Book News, Inc. , December 1, 1996

By invoking Rachel Carson in the volume's first chapter, entitled, "Silent Springs and Fruitless Falls,"
Buchmann and Nabhan let readers know right away that they are pleading another endangered
species case. The wonder of their writing is that they make bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, bats
and other pollinators come vividly alive even as they emphasize that the destruction of their habitat
will destroy them too. Readers are treated to some rare anecdotal descriptions from around the
globe and careful scientific research into the delicate balance between fauna, flora, and the birds
and bees. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

From Booklist

Nearly everyone is familiar with Rachel Carson's alarming prediction of a "silent spring," but few
remember that she also predicted a "fruitless fall." This dire phenomenon is inevitable: if the bees,
bats, butterflies, birds, and beetles that pollinate plants go extinct, the plant species they fertilize will
die, too. What we're really seeing in the loss of biodiversity is the "extinction of ecological
relationships" between plants and animals. Nature is, after all, interaction and mutuality. Buchmann,
a  research entomologist, and Nabhan, author of eight books, including The Geography of
Childhood (1994), and director of science at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, offer their own
form of  mutualism in this eye-opening and, thanks to illustrations by Paul Mirocha, eye-pleasing book.
Buchmann and Nabhan take turns relating their fascinating observations of the habits of various pollinators
in such diverse locales as Utah's Virgin River watershed and the Galapagos Islands in an effort to
convey a sense of what exactly is at risk: nothing less than our sources of  nutrition--ultimately, our
very lives.
Donna Seaman

From Kirkus Reviews , May 1, 1996
Pollinators are the Rodney Dangerfields of the animal world: They just don't get no respect. So
claim entomologist Buchmann (Hayden Bee Research Center) and Nabhan (Director of
science/Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum) in this at once delightful and disturbing tour d'horizon of
those for whom the flowers bloom. ``One in every three mouthfuls of food we eat, and of beverages
we drink'' is served up to us by pollinators, notes E.O. Wilson in his introduction. Butterflies are out
there working for us, as are the hummingbirds and fig wasps, pygmy gliders and panurgine bees,
carrying pollen to stigma, allowing seeds to set. Pollination is one of nature's vital processes,
fine-tuned and mesmeric in its endless cycles, feedback loops, checks and balances. But as in so
many other instances, humans are busy as the bees disrupting the process, bombing pollinators with
pesticides, fragmenting their habitat, cutting off the nectar corridors, such that the ``current rate of
species loss constitutes a biodiversity crisis of unprecedented proportions.'' Buchmann provides the
hard science of the pollinators' world: flower stalk architecture and nectar chemistry and flowering
sequences; Nabhan contributes a felicitous dose of pleasing prose, framed as anecdotal
 remembrances: He's never happier than when poking about in a sere landscape, following the
monarch butterflies on their winter migration, taking stock of the floral pantries. While this book can
only be considered a preliminary investigation, trends indicate that pollinators may be getting ever
more limited in supply as their world shrinks around them. Buchmann and Nabhan make the case
for increased wildlands, intact forests, an ecological approach that prevents pollinator habitat from
becoming islands, thus coffins, in a developed landscape. A cautionary tale: Kill the pollinators and
you might as well kill yourself. Another of nature's elegant loops. (b&w illustrations) (Author tour) --
Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Without interaction between animals and flowering plants, the seeds and fruits that make up nearly
80% of the human diet would not exist. Here, the authors explore the vital but little-appreciated
relationship between plants and the animals they depend on for reproduction--bees, beetles,
butterflies, hummingbirds, and countless other animals.

". . . a pleasing concoction of natural and cultural history illustrating how pollination works and how
easily it can be disrupted. . . . More than the species and the land that holds them, the book
suggests, the living world to be cherished includes everything that these creatures, plants, and places
do--the much more vital and intangible biodiversity of interactions and relationships."
--The New York Times Book Review. --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title

The publisher, Island Press/Shearwater Books , July 15, 1996

Alert to story in current issue of Time Magazine  The July 15th issue of Time Magazine, on newstands
now, carries a terrific story on pollinators and  the role they play in the production of most of our food
on page 60. Additional reviews are forthcoming in the book review sections of many major metropolitan