Community-Driven Research of Ground Nesting Bees

Location: Your backyard

Coordinating Agency:  Entomology Department at Cornell University

Contact Name: Dr. Jordan Kueneman

Contact Email:


Help collect data on native bee species populations! Join this joint effort or consider helping spread the word regarding this project. Your help is integral to this project’s continued success. 

About the project: Project GNBee is a group of researchers from the Entomology Department at Cornell University seeking to promote local community-driven research and conservation for aggregations of ground-nesting bees. To accomplish this aim, they have built a community science project, “Project GNBee”, focused on mapping aggregations of diverse ground-nesting bees. From this, they hope to facilitate the study of nesting requirements as well as the biology of these bees across space and through time. They are asking a broad community of participants to upload observations made of ground-nesting bee aggregations to our iNaturalist project. There are currently nearly ~4,000 observations of over 330 bee species worldwide. 

GNBee: website -- iNaturalist: project  -- Instagram: projectGNBee 

It takes a broad coalition of actors to make a meaningful number of observations that can become a tool for conservation and research. This is a developing project in all our backyards, occurring for the future benefit of ground-nesting bees worldwide. 

If you have any further questions or would be interested in helping further please feel free to reach out to Dr. Jordan Kueneman at