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Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade

Main Project Information
Presented By Wisconsin DNR
Goal improve understanding, management, & conservation of bumble bees
Task Photograph, count, and identify bumble bees
Where Wisconsin, United States of America

Volunteers can collect data in two ways.

Incidental observations are casual or unplanned sightings made when your primary motive or activity was not monitoring for bumble bees. This also includes observations made immediately before or after a small area survey. All incidental observations require a photograph voucher.

Small area surveys are conducted when you purposefully look for, photograph, count, and record the bumble bees that you see at a single location, following the guidelines in the Volunteer Manual. We recommend conducting small area surveys with a partner or small group. If you conducted a survey and did not observe any bumble bees, please still submit a record of your survey.

How to Join

Everyone in Wisconsin is welcome to participate. We offer trainings, a volunteer manual, a field guide, and additional resources to help our volunteers. Visit to get started.

Project Timing April-October
Social Media
Materials List datasheets, field guide, computer, camera
Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, At home
Training Materials
Tags bumble bees, pollinators
Project Updated 12/26/2018