Pollinator Citizen Science

Xerces Projects

Bumble Bee Watch
A collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees by the Xerces Society, Wildlife Preservation Canada, the University of Ottawa, the Montreal Insectarium, the Natural History Museum of London, BeeSpotter, and numerous bumble bee experts. Through this project, you can upload photos, start a virtual bumble bee collection, have your identifications verified by experts, and interact with other citizen scientists.

You can also check out Xerces’ other pollinator citizen science efforts and tools:

Xerces’ Bee Monitoring Tools

The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count
The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count is a yearly effort of volunteer citizen monitors to collect data on the status of monarch populations overwintering along the California coast. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of a cadre of volunteers, we have over a decade of data demonstrating that monarchs have undergone a dramatic decline in the western U.S. This effort is coordinated by Dennis Frey, Shawna Stevens and Mia Monroe, in collaboration with the Xerces Society.

Valuable Partner Citizen Science Monitoring Projects

The Great Sunflower Project
The Great Sunflower Project encourages people from all over the United States to collect data on pollinators in their yards, gardens, schools and parks. With a nationwide effort since 2008, by collecting visitation rates of pollinators to all plants (but especially sunflowers!), this project is helping to establish baseline information on pollination services for the entire country and critical resources for pollinators, while also helping to identify areas of conservation concern. This website includes detailed information on pollinator identification and ecology.

BeeSpotter
BeeSpotter collects information from citizen monitors on honey bees and bumble bees in the state of Illinois.

Bumble Boosters
Bumble Boosters is a cooperative project of the University of Nebraska Department of Entomology, the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program, and the Folsom Children’s Zoo. The goal of the project is to create a community of learners to conduct authentic research on bumble bees in Nebraska.

The Vermont Bumble Bee Survey
This project aims to document the relative abundance and distribution of bumblebees (Bombus), as well as the Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica), across Vermont. The survey will make essential data available to landowners, land-use planners, policy-makers, municipalities, and other individuals or organizations making conservation and management decisions.

University of Wyoming Bumble Bee Brigade
The Bumble Bee Brigade is a group of people who collect information when they see a bumble bee, and submit it to the Biodiversity Institute so we know what bumble bee species live in which parts of the state.

University of Florida’s Native Buzz Citizen Science Project
Scientists at the University of Florida are working with citizen scientists to learn more about the nesting preferences, diversity and distribution of our native solitary bees and wasps.

The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count
The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count is a yearly effort of volunteer citizen monitors to collect data on the status of monarch populations overwintering along the California coast. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of a cadre of volunteers, we have over a decade of data demonstrating that monarchs have undergone a dramatic decline in the western U.S. This effort is coordinated by Dennis Frey, Shawna Stevens and Mia Monroe, in collaboration with the Xerces Society.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

Journey North
This website provides information on tagging and monitoring monarch butterflies as they migrate in the eastern U.S.

The Vanessa Migration Project
This website allows for citizens to help monitor the migration of Painted lady butterflies.

eButterfly

Monarch Watch

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