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Bumble Bee Watch

Main Project Information
Presented By The Xerces Society, Wildlife Preservation Canada, University of Ottawa, Montreal Insectarium, York University, BeeSpotter, and The Natural History Museum in London
Goal Help track North America's bumble bees.
Task Take and submit photos of bumble bees near you.
Where North America

Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. This citizen science project allows individuals or groups to: 1) Upload photos of bumble bees to start a virtual bumble bee collection; 2) Identify the bumble bees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts; 3) Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees; 4) Help locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees; 5) Learn about bumble bees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts; and 6) Connect with other citizen scientists.

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How to Join

Visit and register for an account.

Then, educate yourself about the bumble bees in your region. Read species profiles for the bees in your area. When you see a bumble bee, snap a photo, upload it to our website and join the growing community of bumble bee enthusiasts.

Project Timing This project is ongoing whenever bumble bees are flying!
Social Media
Special Skills No special skills are required, but an interest in bees, insect photography and botany help!
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, At home, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At sports stadiums, On a lunch break
Training Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags bees, bumble bee, native bees, pollination, pollinator
Project Updated 05/23/2018