Get a bee's eye view of your landscape
Managed honey bees and wild bees travel long distances from their nests to find food and water. What are your bees experiencing during their journey? This tool will help you understand how the landscape surrounding your apiary, garden, or farm stacks up in terms of floral resources bees can find, the insecticides they encounter, and for wild bees, the nesting sites that are available.
Beescape provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees. Learn how to use Beescape by watching our Beescape Quick Start video, and read our Methodology page to learn what your scores mean.
Bees fly great distances - sometimes several kilometers - to collect nectar and pollen to feed their young. Beescape allows a user to select a specific location (an apiary site, a garden, a farm) and get information about the amount of floral resources, overall toxic load of applied insecticides, and the availability of nesting habitat for wild bees in the landscape surrounding the selected location.
If you keep honey bees or have a wild bee hotel in your garden, we encourage you to join the Beescape Team to help us gather information on the health of bees in diverse landscapes. This information will allow us to more precisely predict how bees will respond to different levels of floral resources, pesticide use, and nesting habitat. We will then use this information to update Beescape to give users better information about how their bees will fare in their locations, and what steps they can take to help their bees.
Currently, landscape data are only available for Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois on Beescape, but the site will be updated to include additional states in early 2020. Anyone, however, can participate in the Beescape Team and provide information on your bees’ health.
Beescape is a partnership of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University, Dickinson College, Purdue University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota, and University of California, Davis. It is made possible by funding from USDA-NIFA-AFRI (#2018-67013-27538), the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (#549032) and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (NSF DBI 16391 45).