Native Bee Network

Native Bee Network

Overview

The Native Bee Network is currently under re-development for 2021.

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The Native Bee Network program seeks to learn more about the hole-nesting solitary bee species of North America. Specifically, our aim is to understand the diversity and distribution of different species, as well as the nesting preferences of those species. At the completion of this project, we hope to have a well-grounded group of native bee citizen scientists and to have identified new and potentially manageable species for increased pollination and crop production.

Volunteer Citizen Scientists are the foundation of The Native Bee Network. These citizen scientists install nesting houses for native bees and wasps and submit their observations throughout the year to a national online database.

THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIVE BEE NETWORK, CITIZEN SCIENTISTS CAN:

  • Create nesting habitat for solitary bees and wasps.
  • Compare their solitary bee and wasp observations to other nesting sites across the country.
  • Learn more about the natural web of predators, prey, parasites, and pollinators.
  • Share their findings and contribute to a growing database of solitary bee knowledge.
  • Connect to nature and contribute to solitary bee conservation efforts.

THE DATA CITIZEN SCIENTISTS COLLECT WILL HELP US:

  • Monitor the population of solitary bees and wasps across the country.
  • Monitor the diversity and distribution of different solitary bee and wasp species.
  • Find and identify new and potentially manageable species for increased pollination and crop production.