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, or through iNaturalist, a global citizen science platform.
Video tutorials on how to:
1. Create an account on bumblebeewatch.org
2. Submit your photos using the BBW mobile app
3. Submit your photos using the BBW website
iNaturalist tutorials coming soon.
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.
When submitting through iNaturalist, you can join the Southwest Michigan Bee Watch project and tag submissions as part of this project, or simply enable location services while taking photos and iNaturalist will automatically include your SWMichigan bumble bee photos in our project.
How to submit a sighting
Take a photo of your bumble bee.
Log in and submit your photo.
Identify your species.
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 and iNaturalist are great platforms because they 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.