Apis mellifera: Mapping Free-living Nests

<b>This campaign collects data specifically related to free-living&nbsp;<i>Apis mellifera</i>&nbsp;nests. </b>

(Glossary: By "<b>free-living</b>" we mean a colony of honey bees living in natural or human-made cavities with little to no human intervention. By "<b>nests</b>" we mean spaces in which free-living honey bee colonies reside, e.g., trees, log cavities, walls of buildings, chimneys, caves, etc.)<br><br><b>To participate, please follow these simple steps:</b>

  1. Read our guide on how to identify free-living colonies of Western honey bees <a href="/Am-guide">here</a>.
  2. Identify the position of the nest within the map.*<br>
  3. Specify a name for this nest. If you do not choose one, an automatic ID will be generated.
  4. Upload photos of the nest. Make sure to follow the guidelines within our <a href="https://app.honeybeewatch.com/Am-guide#text=how%20to%20safely%20approach%20and%20take%20pictures%20of%20honey%20bee%20nests">photo guide</a>&nbsp;(#3 at the bottom).<br>
  5. Answer the questions in "1. Free-living nest."<br>
  6. If you want to add more than one nest of free-living colonies, click the "+ Free-living Nest" button at the bottom of the first section.<br>
  7. Answer the questions in the remaining sections.<br>
  8. When finished, click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.**<br>

Please keep in mind that the more information and photos you submit, the more valuable your contribution will be for collecting sound scientific data.&nbsp;Also, <b>only entries containing photos will be considered suitable for publication after the validation phase.</b>

<i>*Note: Free-living nests' GPS coordinates will purposely be masked on the public map in order to conceal their exact locations. </i>

<i>**There will be a delay posting your entries to the map, while our team reviews and validates your data.&nbsp;</i>

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