Our Work—Rewilding Honeybees

What is rewilding?

A conservation strategy that protects honeybees as a keystone species.

Based on the premise that a single species is inextricably interdependent with the whole.

An apiculture practice that uses traditional log hives and hives in living trees as the most effective means to support the overall health of the species.

A vision for the rehabilitation of the natural conditions of the nest site cavities of honeybees.

  • 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.

To mirror natural nest habitat, we work with either traditional log hives or built nests within living trees. This inner nest habitat is considered a rewilded environment. It is free of framing and non-natural materials.

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

We integrate traditional apiculture ways such as the Zeidler – the craft of caring for bees in living trees –in developing effective, whole-system programs for the preservation of honeybees.

  • Tree Apiculture (Bee Hives in Living Trees)

  • Tree Apiculture (Bee Hives in Living Trees)

  • Tree Apiculture (Bee Hives in Living Trees)

What are the benefits?

It creates an optimal environment for the health and survival of honeybees.

Populations are increased through the expansion of natural nest sites for wild swarms.

Self-sustaining environments are created; local honeybee swarms become the sole seed stock needed for an entire apiary operation.

The essential and world-sustaining role of honeybees is protected in response to accelerated extinction rates.

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