Our Work—Rewilding Honeybees

What is rewilding?

One cardinal focus of our work lies in the rehabilitation and protection of wild (non-managed) honeybees through rewilding. In the context of honeybee conservation, Rewilding is not defined by the geo-historical distribution of the species, but rather represents a shift towards the rehabilitation of their natural nesting habitat and ecosystems and the restoration of their fundamental birthrights.

It is a disruptive and pioneering niche of conservation, one that we spearhead in the US and one that is also gaining traction in other places around the world.

  • Traditional Log Hive

  • Traditional Log Hive

  • Traditional Log Hive

  • Traditional Log Hive

How does it work?

Rewilding bees is centered on naturally occurring, wild, and unmanaged honeybee ecosystems.  Apis Arborea is developing a new framework of apiculture that integrates log hives as a neoteric choice to restore nest habitat and protect honeybees in a time of mass extinction.

One of our current programs is the Honeybee Conservation & Rehabilitation Module. It provides a turn-key methodology and strategy for restoring apian nest habitat and the preservation of honeybees within a range of diverse watersheds, from wild unmanaged country, open space, and forests to agricultural land, orchards, and educational community farms.

Nest sites are only populated with bees from within the local watershed through swarming. We do not introduce non-local swarms or package bees.

  • Tree Apiculture (Bee Hives in Living Trees)

  • Tree Apiculture (Bee Hives in Living Trees)

  • Tree Apiculture (Bee Hives in Living Trees)

What do we believe in?

We believe in the importance of multi-disciplinary and collaborative problem-solving and our goal is to assist organizations to increase their ecological capacity and reach.  We serve as an intermediary facilitator for entomological research with land managers, farmers, educators, researchers, and beekeepers.

In addition to the Honeybee Conservation & Rehabilitation module, we also deliver a diverse palette of educational programs to complement our fieldwork and catalyze support both within organizations and with their constituencies, including in-person and online workshops and webinars, and we are always curious about how to co-create hands-on or virtual curricula tailored towards specific circumstances and clients.

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