WiBee: The Wisconsin Wild Bee App

We’ve just launched the WiBee Data Dashboard! Explore the bee abundance data collected this year by WiBee App users from across Wisconsin: www.data-viz.it.wisc.edu/wibee. (Note: this dashboard is a work in progress)

The weather is warm and Wisconsin’s native, wild bees are busy foraging for pollen and nectar on blooming flowers. Use The WiBee App to observe and record bees visiting blooming flowers on your farm or property. To capture accurate data on your bee community, we suggest you complete multiple surveys across multiple days.

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.

Stay in the know

Read our latest update (Spring 2020) on the WiBee project.

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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 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 and explore regional data on our public WiBee data dashboard.