WiBee: The Wisconsin Wild Bee App

Bee Season Updates

  • 9/8/21: Welcome, it’s a good time to start

    Welcome new participants! We may be transitioning to fall but there are plenty of bees out there for you to learn and use the app. Training links are provided in the app and on the website. WiBee saw a big buzz from a recent a newspaper article! If the resulting server overload gummed up your registration, please try again now, we've upgraded! Contact us with any questions.

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What is The WiBee App?

WiBee (pronounced Wee-bee) is a new smartphone app developed by the Gratton Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We invite growers and interested community members to use the app during the growing season to collect high quality data on wild bee abundance and diversity on Wisconsin’s fruit and vegetable farms, as well as non-crop habitats.

With your help, we can provide growers with better pollination management recommendations specific to individual farms and share more information about the diversity, abundance and value of Wisconsin’s wild bees.

Whether you are a gardener, grower, student, or just interested in bees, you can contribute to WiBee.

Download the App

The WiBee App is publicly available for anyone to use,

Learn how to get started

  1. Learn to identify our 5 groups of bees and distinguish them from other non-bee insects that visit flowers.
  2. Read our one-page protocol on how to collect high quality data.
  3. Download the app. In the app, take a short Bee Photo ID Quiz to check your identification skills.
  4. Get started surveying bees!
  5. Once you start submitting bee surveys, you can explore your data in the app and see regional data on our public WiBee data dashboard.

The 2020 results in!

Read our quick summaries of the 2020 bee data for all habitats combined, or focus on apple, cranberry and cucurbit crops.