Beescape Tools

Welcome to the Beescape 'More Tools' page! Here we will host additional tools developed by the Beescape Team to inform landscape management and conservation for managed honey bees and other insects of interest. Right now, this page includes only the NEW "BeeWinterWise" Tool (see below), however, as Beescape continues to grow and develop, we will include additional tools on this page.


"BeeWinterWise" Colony Survival Tool

Discover how climate impacts your colonies across Pennsylvania using the 'BeeWinterWise' Colony Survival Tool. The Beescape team took Pennsylvania apiary survival data from thousands of managed colonies across the state and developed this valuable prediction tool for assessing relative colony survival rates for each year! How does this year's survival rate compare to last year's? How is this year shaping up to be -- better than average? Worse? Find all this and more by clicking the "BeeWinterWise Colony Survival Tool". Beescape data products are completely free to use for apiary management, scientific research, or any purpose that benefits insects or the lives of those who care about them!


Although the BeeWinterWise Colony Survival Tool currently only predicts survival for the state of Pennsylvania, we hope to add additional states as new data become available. Stay tuned for updates!

Click the button above to access the new "BeeWinterWise Colony Survival Tool"!

How to use the BeeWinterWise Colony Survival Tool:

Use of the BeeWinterWise Colony Survival Tool is easy and fun! Simply place a pin on the map and then click the pin to view your survival predictions! A pin can be placed on the map either by 1) typing an address into the search bar OR 2) clicking the 'click here and then drop pin on map' button directly right of the search bar and manually placing the pin on the map. Once you have a pin on the map, simply click the pin to view the predicted colony survival graph! The graph shows survival rates as a function of 'growing degree days' (a metric of temperature across seasons) with the current year (shown in blue) and the past several years in gray. You can click on the legend on the graph to add or remove the trendlines for the different years from the graph.

If the growing season was too warm (or warm for too long) or too cool (or too cool for too long) then survival is predicted to be lower. Summer growing conditions are important predictors of winter colony survival because they bear strong impact on floral resource availability across seasons and, therefore, overall colony health at the onset of winter.

Remember, this tool is based on data that we have from beekeepers! The more data we have, the more accurate the models, and this tool, will become.  So, please consider registering on Beescape and providing information on your winter survival rates! We ask for data to be submitted for November and April and contributing data only takes a few minutes each year!

Explore the tool, have fun, and please feel free to contact the Beescape Team with any questions or if you find any 'bugs' in the tool!  Details about the full project will be published soon (Calovi et al., in review).