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Providing shelter for native bees

Last month I had the opportunity to run a workshop on protecting native bees for 250+ kids at Camp Micah in Bridgton, ME. Like humans, bees need three things: food, shelter, and water. In my workshop, the campers focused on shelter—we built 200 bee “hotels” to donate to the Honeybee Conservancy for their Sponsor-A-Hive program.

To find out more about native bees, like this beautiful mason bee, and how to make a bee hotel of your own, check out my newest Tufts Pollinator Initiative (TPI) blog post!

Blue orchard mason bee (Osmia lignaria) female. Photo: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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