Native Bee Network

Native Bee Network


The Native Bee Network program empowers citizen scientists to find, identify, and raise native hole-nesting bees across the country for future local pollination.

Ultimately, native bees discovered in our program will be raised in organic farms and orchards for food production. The Native Bee Network is a simple and focused long-term program that starts now.

The Native Bee Network is currently being upgraded for 2021, check back soon for updates!


Crown Bees' leading Native Bee Network (NBN) program works with individuals and groups to find and raise native hole-nesting bees. We believe the best native bee for local pollination is already in your area, but they are not currently raised to pollinate local farms.

New research shows that a diversity of pollinators is vital to effectively pollinate our crops. Scientific studies over the past 30 years conclude that native bees are better-suited pollinators of nutritious foods like fruit, nuts, berries, and vegetables.

We’re focusing on hole-nesting bees. While about 75% of our native bees nest in the ground, we’re unable to relocate without damaging these vital pollinators. We can safely harvest hole-nesting bee cocoons and move hole-nesting bees from your yard to a neighbor’s garden or to a local farmer’s field or orchard.

In the wild, hole-nesting bees nest inside broken reeds, standing dead trees, or other natural cavities. Native bees might be nesting in your backyard, a nearby meadow or forest. Simply set up an NBN nesting site and provide observations of the bees that nest. Bees that consistently return to nest every year may be candidates for farm pollination.

Four Phases of the NBN Program:

  1. Discovery: Find hole-nesting bees in each ecoregion.

  2. Analysis: Determine bee species candidates for farm pollination.

  3. Propagation: Increase the population of selected bees in each ecoregion.

  4. Rehabilitation: Strategically place the bees into wildlands, farms, and yards.

Each program phase will take years of collaboration and agricultural involvement to ensure farms and orchards are ready to raise native bees. Our program will also support conservation and restoration efforts. Join us in ensuring our future food security.