Wild Bee Education

Our food system is built on the backs of tiny insects, and they need our help. They need dirt! Without pollinators, a full 75 percent of the world’s crops would simply fail to produce. The vast majority of pollinators are wild species—mostly bees. Yet wild bees are on the brink of mass extinction. We’re working hard to protect and restore wild bee habitat. Join us!  

In our bee conservation work, we’ve discovered a lot of misinformation about supporting pollinators. Too often, the conversation revolves around feeding honey bees and ignores the 4,000 bees native to North America with specialized needs.

Bee behavior is astonishingly diverse: from hard-working single mothers like Osmia to Anthidium males vigilantly patrolling their territories to Andrena mining deep holes. Besides food, bees also need places to nest and build their family. Did you know more than  80% of species local to the Puget Sound nest underground? Bees need dirt!

This year, with support from Sustainable Path Foundation, The Common Acre is developing a slate of workshops and hands on skill share events to present what we’ve learned from our work in the field. We’ll cover topics including: Planting a Native Pollinator Garden, Building a Bee House, Learning to Identify Bees, How to Participate in Citizen Science, and more. Stay tuned for announcements this spring!

Interested in hosting a workshop for your group? Have a wild bee related topic you hope to learn about? Contact Us!