Fascinating bumblebees

Where do bumblebees occur in Austria? In order to protect the bumblebees, data on the occurrences of the 42 bumblebee species is important.

Bumblebees, biodiversity, observe

The project overview

Area of Science: Natural Sciences
Location: Austria
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile, with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: camera or smartphone; for data entry: tablet or computer with internet access; optional: note pad, classification literature
Activities of citizen scientists: observing, collecting, photographing, mapping
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2018
Time to join in: 01.05.2018 - 30.06.2018
Expenditure of time: Observations in the field, in the garden or during a hiking tour; report of the observation on naturbeobachtung.at approx. 5 min

Project objective

Could you imagine a life without apples? Or Styria without pumpkin seed oil? It could turn to reality if we do not curb the loss of biodiversity dramatically. Bumblebees play an essential role in the pollination of hundreds of plant species. Due to their high tolerance of lower temperatures, many bumblebee species live in mountain regions and are important for the pollination of fruit plantation during colder seasons. With the help of citizen scientists, Naturschutzbund has analysed the bumblebee population in Austria for many years. However, there is hardly any data on the occurrence of the 42 bumblebee species in Austria. Only if the occurrences are known, the remaining bumblebee population can be protected. Therefore, citizen scientists were asked to observe bumblebees in Austria, take pictures and report the observations on www.naturbeobachtung.at/hummeln

How did citizen scientists participate?

Citizen scientists observed, photographed and reported bumblebees on www.naturbeobachung.at/hummeln. In addition, pictures with correctly determined flowering plants got bonus points.

What happened to the contributions of citizen scientists?

Observations on naturbeobachtung.at were evaluated by bumblebee experts and presented in an annual report. Moreover, the data contributes to scientific papers, actual distribution maps and books on bumblebees.

Prizes and how were winners determined?

Individuals and the school class with the most observations of different bumblebee species won. Individuals received attractive non-cash prizes, the best school class won 1,000 euro. Each observation with an additional picture of the correctly determined flowering plant got bonus points. Only observations with pictures and geo-references counted.

Award winners:

1st prize with 1.000 euros: 2A des Fritz-Strobl-Schulzentrums (Carinthia)
2nd prize with a non-cash prize: 2Roswitha Stetschnig
3rd prize with a non-cash prize: Maria Zacherl

Participating and supporting institutions


Naturschutzbund Österreich

Project website: www.naturbeobachtung.at/hummeln

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