Update: Read about the WiBee Tomato Blitz, happening July 5-25th!
Have a tomato plant? 🍅 Have you been volunteering with WiBee? If so, here is a special opportunity for you to help get great statewide data by observing pollinators on tomato plants! Having lots of surveys from one kind of flower from all over Wisconsin helps get even better data about bee populations. Haven’t volunteered with WiBee before? See below for all the information to get started with WiBee.
We want you to have an opportunity to volunteer safely this year!
The Master Gardener Program is partnering with WiBee, a community science project developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This is an opportunity to help researchers learn more about wild bees in Wisconsin . We will email specific project instructions before the project begins in May 2021. For now, check out WiBee’s website.
What: Volunteer safely in a no-contact setting on a citizen science pollinator project. Collect data to help pollinators!
Where: A garden space with flowering plants to survey- from your home, approved project location, or public space (like a public park).
When: Starting May 1, 2021-October 31, 2021
Why: The data you collect helps UW-Madison researchers provide recommendations to help pollinators!
You will need a smartphone or tablet with access the internet (either a Wifi connection or using data on your smartphone).
Watch for more information in your inbox when the project opens on May 1st.
Special thank you to the Winnebago County Master Gardener Volunteers for advocating and working to make this project possible!