WiBee: The Wisconsin Wild Bee App

To do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please practice safe social distancing while surveying bees and only collect data on your own farm or in your own yard/garden until Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order is lifted. Thank you!

Spring is here and Wisconsin’s native, wild bees are about to emerge and begin foraging for pollen and nectar on blooming flowers. We invite you to use The WiBee App to survey bees on your farm or property as soon as the flowers bloom and the weather is appropriate for bee activity: about 60 degrees or warmer and sunny/partly cloudy.

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 citizen scientists 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.

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.

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Download the App

The WiBee App is publicly available for anyone to use, whether you are a gardener, grower, student, or just interested in bees.

Learn how to get started

How do I get started using the app?

  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 to learn how to collect high quality data.
  3. Download the app. In the app, take a short Bee Photo ID Quiz (coming soon) to check your identification skills.
  4. Get started surveying bees!
  5. Once you start submitting bee surveys, you will be able to explore your data in the app.