Bumble Bee Box Monitoring Program

This citizen science project is aimed at providing educational opportunities for the public to learn about native bee diversity and conservation through a bumble bee box monitoring program.


Participants of the program will be provided with supplies to make a bumble bee box that they will monitor annually. Participants will be asked to report back to the Alberta Native Bee Council on whether their bumble bee box was colonized, if the colony successfully produced reproductives/gynes, and what species of bumble bee they found.


The Alberta Native Bee Council will maintain a database of all program participants and project data as part of a long term monitoring program. Participants will also learn how to identify and photograph bumble bees as a part of the ‘BumbleBeeWatch.org’ program, which is aimed at tracking and conserving bumble bees in North America.