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Native Bee Network, Support Wild Bees in your Backyard


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Your backyard is home to unique native bee species.

Thank you for teaming with us!

What you will do is simple: Place out a variety of sizes of nesting holes for a season, observe the filled nesting materials in the fall, and place wild bees and fresh nesting holes out the next spring.

Native Bee Network ID StickerIf you already have your own wild bee hotel or wild bee house, all you need to participate is an NBN sticker. Our NBN sticker provides a unique identification number for the national database and wild bee map.


Individual Program Instructions

  1. Set up a nesting site made of a shelter and a variety of nesting holes. Consider placing a nesting site in your yard and another in a nearby park, meadow, or forest. 
  2. Once your sticker arrives, register your nesting site here. Then, using our Native Bee Map web application, take a picture of your nest with your smartphone.
  3. In the fall, retrieve your nesting materials and count the filled nesting holes. Our web app will guide you to your nest site location!
  4. Describe the nesting holes and potentially open a few. Add data to your Native Bee Map profile.
  5. The following year, place the unopened nesting holes and wild bee cocoons in the same location.

Over time we will learn which bee species continually nest at your site year after year. These are the bee species we'll focus on. Ultimately, the prolific returning bees will become part of your local farmer’s pollination plan.

We ask that you sign up for a minimum one-year long commitment.


We're very excited to lead this program!

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. Twenty years from now, we hope to raise native bees in organic farms and orchards to produce significantly more food. Your participation in this program is greatly appreciated!