Click to try a fully functioning prototype using live GIS data for the entire state of Vermont!

This was developed from our project's algorithm spec in collaboration with Erik Engstrom of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Click on "Tools" to navigate the layers.

Our original mock up prototype is available too!

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There are over 4000 species of native bees in the US and they are responsible for pollinating 80% of our food crop. Loss of habitat is causing big population declines, but you can help!

We prototyped a solution to provide people with the knowledge of how to identify, plant, and maintain potential ideal native bee habitat. We used the best, current research about what native bees need (open land, sun, sandy soil, water source nearby, appropriate food source nearby). If these are provided, the bees will do the rest of the work and build their own homes.

How did we do it? By using freely available assets like satellite imagery, soil survey maps, GIS datasets, and expert's research on what native bees need to thrive, we take a complex problem and turn it into a "one-click solution" by showing people where potential ideal habitat exists in their own yard.

We also give them the tools to learn how to maintain their yards to provide appropriate food for native bees. Don't have enough plants? You can click on the "ideal habitat" we've found for you to place a garden. By using those coordinates, we can look up the appropriate native pollinator plants, and even prepare an order for seeds/starters from a partner nursery!

If everybody does a little bit to help, we can restore the native bee population in very little time.

The base concept scales to intermediate and expert users, too.

  • Town zoning boards can search for likely native bee habitat to inform development projects.
  • Our process can let intermediate users hand edit any layer (like a paint program) to test out proposed changes or solutions. We reprocess all dependent layers to show you "what if", before any work or investment is made!
  • We can support custom layer sets with added weight or costing, which would allow a for study of where high priority or lowest cost habitat development can occur.
  • More advanced users can use a combination of the above options to find bee habitat islands, connecting corridors, and even "bee desserts", and inform local and national policy decisions around agricultural practices!