Bee Research

The Honeybee Conservancy participates in ground-breaking research on bees, which we believe is the first step in protecting bees and managing their habitat. Our research ranges from native bee habitat and behaviors to honey bee colony health. We harness the power of citizen scientists to engage a diverse range of people and gather valuable conservation data with our bee research. We collaborate with scientists and organizations around North America to share knowledge and best practices. Below are some of the research projects underway thanks to support from people like you.

BeeBlitz Citizen Science bee research

You can become a citizen scientist with The Honeybee Conservancy to help us advance our bee research and unearth new knowledge quickly. Through our BeeBlitz, citizens like you help us help survey the biodiversity of bees in their neighborhood.

Ground-dwelling bees: join our bee research

There’s a new gold rush happening!

Approximately 70% of North America’s bee species live in the ground. This includes 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 honey bee research

Collaborating with the Pollinator Partnership in an effort to help beekeepers and honey bees across North America - 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.