Citizen Science ‘App’-roach Has Successful Year
In “Bee-Spying Mission Seeks Operatives” (Grow, Fall 2021), Jocelyn Cao BS’21 introduced readers to WiBee: The Wisconsin Wild Bee App. It’s part of a citizen science effort to observe and collect high-quality data on the abundance, diversity, and activity of wild bees in the state.
The scientists behind the app have revealed that 334 users submitted surveys in 2021. These users, including vegetable and fruit growers, gardeners, researchers, and others from Wisconsin and worldwide, supplied 2,250 total surveys and counted 71,168 pollinator visits throughout the year. All of this data helps the WiBee team provide better pollination management recommendations.This article was posted in Follow-Up, Healthy Ecosystems, Summer 2022 and tagged citizen science, pollinators, WiBee, wild bees.