We are excited to announce that Crown Bees has joined the MJV network of partners! Crown Bees is an industry leader in solitary beekeeping, with a vision to increase awareness of bee diversity and help people increase pollination and food production with responsibly managed solitary bees. Crown Bees is based in Woodinville, Washington, and aims to help people address food insecurity, sustainability, and solitary bee conservation through education and community programs.
Like many of MJV’s network partners, Crown Bees understands that actions supporting bee conservation are also beneficial to monarch conservation. Crown Bees actively partners with beekeepers, researchers, universities, and nonprofits to learn from one another and develop best practices for solving current challenges facing bee populations. Education is fundamental to their business model, and they have developed accessible educational and outreach materials to share their knowledge of pollinator-friendly pest control strategies for gardening, the importance of native plants for supporting healthy pollinator populations, and more. Crown Bees has also partnered with Cornell University to create Mason Bee Edu, a free educational resource for teachers to enrich their curriculum and foster a greater understanding of pollinator biology.
Much like bees and monarchs, the partnership between Crown Bees and the MJV network is a natural fit. Crown Bees brings their holistic approach to habitat and pollinator conservation to the network and a proven track record of active partnership and successful collaboration. We are excited to work alongside them and their “all hands on deck” mindset and to have their knowledge and expertise in cavity-nesting bees to better promote pollinator habitats that benefit both bees and butterflies. To learn more about Crown Bees, please visit www.crownbees.com
The Monarch Joint Venture is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and a national partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and academic programs working together to conserve the monarch butterfly migration. The content in this article does not necessarily reflect the positions of all Monarch Joint Venture partners. Header photo courtesy of Crown Bees.