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Native Bee Network, Support Wild Bees in your Backyard


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First, thanks for teaming with us! Crown Bees offers a variety of nesting materials to help your conservation efforts - learn more.

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

Detailed steps

  1. Place out varied size nesting holes in a shelter. Consider placing a nesting site in your yard and another in a nearby park, meadow, or forest. We ask that you first buy a sticker (available soon) from us that provides a unique identification number for your house.
  2. Using our online form (available shortly), take a picture of your nest with your smartphone which pins it on our map and adds your nest information into our national NBN database.
  3. After a full spring-summer season, retrieve your nesting materials and count the filled holes. Crown Bees will send you information on what to do and identification techniques. Our web app will guide you to where you placed it in the spring!
  4. Describe the nesting holes and potentially open a few up*. Add that data to your personal link.
  5. The following year, place the unopened* nesting holes back to the same spot. We want these bees to thrive in that same setting!
  6. Repeat this nesting activity for several years until you have bees that continually nest in your holes. Some bee species may show up for only one season, others might show up year after year. These are the bee species we'll focus on.
  7. Once we identify the most prolific bees in your area, we will connect with local bee experts to develop larger scale bee-raising operations.
  8. Ultimately, these bees will become part of your local farmer’s pollination plan.


We ask that you 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!

 * We realize not harvesting holes is contrary to the Crown Bees mantra of "annually open all nesting holes to eliminate pests." If you are raising "standard" blue orchard mason bees or our leafcutter bees that we sell, we still recommend opening their nesting holes. We know species specific pests and are confident in our directions for best management practices of these species. The goal of the Native Bee Nesting program is to learn how to manage some of our native bees. Until then, we will keep the steps simple.