Submit Data

You can submit your photos through Bumble Bee Watch, a collaborative effort coordinated by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees.

Video tutorials on how to:
1. Create an account on
2. Submit your photos using the BBW mobile app
3. Submit your photos using the BBW website

When submitting through the BBW website, you can tag your photos as part of the “Southwest Michigan Bee Watch” project. To do this, either select the project from the drop down list at the bottom of the “Record a Sighting” page, or set the project as your default by first going to “My Profile” in the top-right of the page once you sign in, selecting “Edit” in the top left above your profile picture, and then scrolling to the bottom and selecting “Southwest Michigan Bee Watch” from this dropdown list of projects. Doing this will help us keep track of your submissions to our project.

How to submit a sighting

Step 1

Take a photo of your bumble bee.

Step 2


Log in and submit your photo.

Step 3

4 bumble bee drawings

Identify your species.

Step 4

check mark

Sighting will be verified by an expert.

What happens after I submit my data?

Your submissions will be immediately visible to others on the site and we will be able to access your submissions for our project. Bumble Bee Watch is a great platform because it provides data on collections nationwide. This way, volunteers will be able to see what others have submitted in Southwest Michigan, allowing all to understand what bumble bee species diversity and abundance looks like in the region.

Female bombus impatiens pollinating white clover