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Rockport High School seniors, from left, Mark Lovelace, Jack Remington, Richard Powers and Colby Chamberlain work on a house for mason bees Wednesday at Seaview Farm in Rockport. The senior project, undertaken along with classmate Bennet Wilson, not pictured, is for Barbara Swanson's Science For Food class. Mason bees are a native species that do not create communal hives, as honey bees do, but instead build individual nests inside existing crevices and holes in wood or stone. The RHS seniors constructed ideal habitat for the bees by drilling hundreds of holes in logs and arranging them together in the box-like "house." Later, other students will place particular types of flowers in the house to attract the mason bees which, according to the seniors, are especially efficient pollinators. The idea is to support a healthy ecosystem at Seaview Farm and the surrounding area. "I'm really glad to have the guys here building the bee house," said farm owner Ken Lane, who stopped by to watch.