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. The app can also be used in your home garden, or at prairies, parks, woodlands, or anywhere else you see pollinator activity, whether or not you live in Wisconsin. All are welcome to contribute.
WiBee is a citizen science project, so all the data here is collected by people like you going out and completing surveys with the WiBee App. We invite you to explore the data to see what wild bee populations and their flower visit rates look like across Wisconsin. You can also compare your own data in the WiBee app to the summary data presented here in this dashboard to help you make decisions about managing your local pollinator community or track any change over time. As you explore the data below, remember that this dashboard is a work in progress. If you have specific suggestions, please contact us!
To join the project and help collect data, download the WiBee app today or visit pollinators.wisc.edu/wibee to learn more. Questions? Email us. Comments? Send feedback. Want to stay in the loop? Sign up for our newsletter. Thank you for participating!
Click on individual grid cell(s) to show only results from those areas. Note: some surveys may be from outside Wisconsin. Click 'Zoom extents' to see them.
Filter survey data by selecting which habitat(s), crop(s), and management type(s) you want to see data for.
Step 1: Select geographic zones on the map. If you want to look only at surveys taken in a specific area, select those areas on the map tab.
Step 2: Select survey characteristics. Use the checkboxes to narrow down what kind of habitat, crop, or management type you want to look at. Numbers in parentheses show the number of surveys that match each characteristic.
Step 3: Explore the bee groups. We recommend looking at the bee data in three different combinations:
Step 4: Making sense of the data. Look at the average flower visits per minute and the composition of the bee visitors.
The table below shows the average visitation rate per minute for the surveys and insect categories selected by the filters above. Check or uncheck the grouping variables to simplify or expand the summary table.