Tucson Bee Collaborative recognizes that we need native bees and yet our region's bees are largely unknown and under-appreciated.
Together, we're changing that.
Join us as we work to reveal the hidden world of native bees.
photo by Bruce D. Taubert
Who are they?
We are building an expertly identified collection of native bees, with high resolution images and DNA sequence data tied to each specimen.
Where are they?
We are determining the distribution of native bee species by digitizing our research collection.
When are they active?
We are tracking the activity patterns of native bee species in both
time and space.
TheN We Can
How are they doing?
We are establishing a baseline for their abundance and diversity that will allow us to track future changes.
What do they need?
We are investigating factors that promote healthy populations, including food and nesting habitat requirements.
Why should we care?
"If all bees died out, there would be worldwide food shortages and perhaps one-quarter of the human population would starve."
Laurence Packer, PhD
IT'S UP TO US
We are working to combat
Nature Deficit Disorder
that is rampant in many regions of the world.
We are inspiring wonder and appreciation of our native bees by engaging with interested artists and art programs.
Help us with our quest by becoming involved as a student, researcher, citizen scientists and/or by helping to fund our efforts.