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Build a Native ‘Air Bee ‘n Bee’: An Engineering Challenge

mason bee

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Honeybees, who live in hives, are great pollinators but not native to the U.S. Our wild, native mason bees live alone and look for places to nest in small open cylinders such as hollow stems. But because we have cut down so many forests and paved over so many fields, it is harder for bees to find a place to live these days. Kids can read this article to find out what makes an ideal mason bee home and then design their own Air Bee ‘n Bees that are small; made of biodegradable parts such as reeds, bamboo or rolled paper; with an overhang or roof to provide shelter, a closed back end; and mounted sturdily at least 3 feet off the ground.