Bee photos by community scientists contribute to much needed data for conservation efforts TORONTO, June 29, 2020 – Think you can identify that bumble bee you just took a photo of in your backyard? York University researchers have found that a little more than 50 per cent of community science participants, who submitted photos to […]
How valuable is community science to research? A survey of participants at Bumble Bee Watch, a community and research collaboration to track and conserve bumble bees in North America, found users are well educated and strongly motivated to save bees, say York University researchers. Bumble Bee Watch is a community science program where participants submit photos of bumble bees from across Canada and the United States for expert verification. The data can be used to help better understand bumble bee biology and aid in their conservation. But who is doing the submitting and is it enough?