I live in town (Albany, OR) and there are mason bees around (my across the street neighbor has a lot every spring). I have a few fruit trees but they almost never get adequately pollinated. My problem is that the honey bees are too little too late. Also coming late are bumble bees. This year I am making several different mason bee houses to put around, including a couple that can be opened to harvest and save the cocoons. I also constructed three bumblebee houses and they are already out there. My fear is that mason bees stay close to home and since I have never had much help from them in the past, I might still not get any takers for my beautiful mason bee lodges. I am going to ask my neighbor if I could put a couple houses over there so I can bring them over here for 2020 but that does not help me for next spring.
So, is there anyone out there in my neck of the woods that has some mason bees that you wouldn't mind sharing? It could be as simple as giving me a couple of your filled bamboo tubes to gift wrapping some mason bee cocoons. I know there are mason bees for sale but so far the prices look very spendy. Has anyone this in the past? How has it worked out?