A two-spotted bumble bee (Bombus bimaculatus) on purple vetch flower.
A two-spotted bumble bee (Bombus bimaculatus) on vetch.

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Southwest Michigan Bee Watch website!

Southwest Michigan Bees (SWMBees) is a community science program from Kalamazoo College collecting data on bumble bee species abundance and diversity. SWMBees will focus on collecting data from the nine counties of Southwest Michigan: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren. We are especially interested in documenting bumble bees in the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy nature preserves in these counties and the Kalamazoo College Lillian Anderson Arboretum, but we welcome and encourage submissions from all areas of Southwest Michigan – yard, roadside, park or preserve.

Learn how natural history and conservation photographer Clay Bolt became a bumble bee enthusiast!

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