Squash bee citizen science survey

As part of a USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative funded grant on organic cucurbit (squash, melon, cucumber, gourds, etc.) management we are conducting a citizen science project to survey bees in cucurbit flowers. Our goal is to better understand cucurbit pollination, in particular we are interested in the role of squash bees and the impact of farm management practices on them. Instructions for how to conduct the bee survey are included in the survey tools. We have developed 3 survey formats that are available for download at the links provided below. Please choose the survey format that best fits you! To fill out the survey, you can install an app on your smartphone or fill out the survey on your computer or print a paper copy. We also have links below to a recorded webinar that was presented to our Master Gardener Citizen Scientists about our project, bee identification guide, and information on how to use our surveys. Please visit the links below for more information.

Webinar slides

Bee Identification Help

Department of Entomology

288 Farm Lane
243 Natural Science Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824
Phone 517-355-4633
Fax 517-432-7061

MSU AgBioResearch

109 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, Michigan 48824

Dr. Zsofia Szendrei

Vegetable Entomology Lab
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University
1129 Farm Lane, Room 348
Food Safety and Toxicology Bldg.
East Lansing MI 48824