Michigan Bumble Bee Inventory
The Michigan Bumble Bee Inventory (MBBI) was developed by the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) and Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) to inform a broader understanding of bumble bee biology, diversity, and population trends for species of bumble bees in Michigan. The MBBI is a statewide community science project where participants are encouraged to actively collect bumble bee occurrence data and associated habitat data to inform bumble bee conservation across the state. Participants in Michigan will not only be able to contribute to state-level bumble bee conservation but will have the opportunity to inform conservation of bumble bees throughout the US by collecting similar bumble bee and habitat data as in other regions of the US.
Community members of all backgrounds and skill level are encouraged to participate in the MBBI. Community collected scientific-quality data in Michigan will directly contribute to bumble bee conservation in addition to being an excellent opportunity to get out in nature and learn more about bumble bees and their habitats.
Virtual Training Series
We have developed an online training series to learn about the program and provide the necessary knowledge and tools to contribute to bumble bee conservation in Michigan. The training series was divided into three sessions.
- Part 1: Bumble Bee Identification & Biology
- Part 2: Bumble Bee Conservation in Michigan
- Part 3: Introduction to the Michigan Bumble Bee Inventory Community Science Initiative
Bumble Bee Explorer
Explore bumble bee species and distributions in Michigan!
Bumble Bee Identification Quiz
Practice your identification skills with this quick photo quiz!
Bumble Bee Survey Form
Habitat Survey Form
Michigan Female Bumble Bees Field Guide – Kalamazoo College, Department of Biology
Michigan Male Bumble Bees Field Guide – Kalamazoo College, Department of Biology
Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States – Xerces Society
Bumble Bees of North America – Princeton Press
Complete the sign-up form and adopt a grid cell to survey! We will be notified and reach out to you for coordination. Contact Logan Rowe at email@example.com for program related questions.
Thank you for supporting bumble bee conservation in Michigan.