a bee trap in a tree


We are primarily interested in documenting the floral relationships, biology of native bees. Currently, our knowledge of bee biodiversity and floral relationships in North America is poor and we aim through our research and outreach to collect quality information which has great value for all of us. Native bees provide valuable services in agricultural, and ecological systems. Fundamental data is critical for higher level decision making for a broad spectrum of stakeholders. This information can help us to remediate our landscape, increase productivity, and develop educational and cultural values related to the health of our environment.

a bearded man sitting with a bee net


I’ve been studying the biodiversity of bees in western Canada for 15 years. I’ve observed the bees and documented their biology from coast to coast in this country and in many countries, climates, and agricultural and ecological systems internationally. My work has led to the discovery of many new species in western Canada, as well as newly recorded genera and numerous newly recorded species. Currently I aim to continue documenting the relationships among our bees (>600 species) and flowering plants in western Canada, and in turn produce educational and technical material.



Three bees on a pink flower

Citizen Science


a picture of how bees see their surroundings

Data Bank


a bee collecting pollen


a bee on a white flower

Citizen Science

As public interest in natural history and our environment has grown, there has been an increasing demand for information and engagement. Citizen science encourages data collection by amateurs, the public generally, and even children. This provides an incredible service to scientists and policy advisors, while fostering a transformative educational experience for the participants as well.
-Lincoln R. Best

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