Bee Research

Led by Alixandra N. Prybyla, Principal Investigator, The Prybyla Lab at The Honeybee Conservancy aims to spark scientific curiosity in all people, to bring science into the public sphere, and to make conservation research a community effort.

CItizen Science Coalition

The Honeybee Conservancy’s Citizen Science Coalition (CSC) harnesses the power of citizen scientists to engage a diverse range of people and gather valuable conservation data with our native and honey bee research. We collaborate with scientists and organizations around North America to share knowledge and best practices.  We aims to make conservation experiences in the lab, the field, or the classroom available to all interested parties.

You may join the Citizen Science Coalition if you are an educational institution seeking to bring your students into the world of conservation.  Our current partners:


Ground-dwelling Bees Research

There’s a new gold rush happening!

Approximately 70% of North America’s bee species live in the ground. This includes native bees such as plump bumblebees, industrious cellophane bees and many, many other species. Despite this, ground-dwelling bees are the least-studied of all bee species. We’re working to protect nature’s most precious resource- the ground-dwelling bee bee - with a 21st Century Gold Rush! Join us in our bee research into ground-nesting bees, often gold like their fair-haired cousins the honeybee.

Your contribution helps us fuel these projects. We need your support now to help us grow them.

Mite-A-Thon for Honey Bee

We're collaborating with the Pollinator Partnership in an effort to help beekeepers and honey bees across North America by participating in the Mite-A-Thon.

The Mite-A-Thon is a bee research initiative to assist beekeepers in checking their bees for the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor (varroa), with the two primary objectives of 1) raising awareness about honey bee colony varroa infestations in North America through effective monitoring methods and 2) making management strategies available for discussion within bee organizations utilizing Mite-A-Thon bee research partner-developed information and outreach materials.


BeeBlitz is our national program to engage Citizen Scientists in protecting and preserving the United States’ 4,000+ native bee species. The Honeybee Conservancy partners with motivated bee conservation organizations nationwide to launch BeeBlitz.  BeeBlitz mobilizes bee advocates nationwide to photograph the bees they discover in their neighborhood or at a BeeBlitz event in a greenspace using the iNaturalist app.  These citizen scientists are helping to document and help build a biodiversity database for the local bees they find.

Our 2019 partners include: