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Native Bee Network, Support Wild Bees in your Backyard


Native BeeHut Native BeeHut for Native Bee NetworkWild Bee Nesting Materials Filled Nesting Holesnative bee reeds filled with colorful end caps

Let's get started with your group!

What your group will do is simple: Place out nesting holes for a season, observe the filled nesting holes in the fall, and place the filled nesting holes out the next spring.

Group NBN Team member

The Group NBN program involves placing out a high number of Native BeeHuts across an area. Our group program can be managed by an individual, organization, company, or club that helps us find bees in a larger area. Groups will receive our functional Native BeeHuts at our break-even costs. The group entry program is $500 which includes 39 of the Native BeeHuts and our unique identification sticker for our web app. Please contact us at info@crownbees.com if you're interested!

  1. Discuss program outline with Crown Bees. We will help connect you with local resources like extension services, Master Gardeners, local newspapers, etc.
  2. Determine Native BeeHut locations and install in various locations. Using a smartphone, take a picture of each location, with data entered on our app. If possible during the pollination season, look at some of the nest sites to see if you find bee activity.
  3. In the fall, bring back all Native BeeHuts. Use our smartphone app to locate where you placed them. Describe what you've found, and by opening a few reeds up, take pictures of cocoons or larva and upload to the NBN app.
  4. Over the winter, protect and store reeds in a cool location, keeping each bundle of reeds marked carefully.
  5. In the spring, filled and partially-filled reeds are placed back at roughly the same location with new reeds added as necessary.
  6. Repeat this cycle!
  7. By 2022, we ask that 1/3 of the dominant species be sent annually to Crown Bees to begin large scale bee propagation and research studies.

We ask that each group sign up for a minimum of a one-year commitment. Our intent is to observe nesting activity over a period of years with your local native bees. Many bee species may show up one year, but not the next. Again, the bee species that show up each year are the bees we'll want to focus on.

The Native Bee Network program will work best if you participate for as long as possible! We know this program will take many years to provide enough bees for nearby farms and orchards. We're committed to making a difference. We hope you are too!

We're very excited to lead this program!

20 years from now, we hope to have native bees in most organic farms and orchards to produce significantly more food. Your participation in this program is absolutely necessary and appreciated!

If you are interested, you can either call us (425.949.7954), or fill out this form below.

  • Program minimum is 39, which is about $500 plus shipping.

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