Terms of Service

Welcome to bumblebeewatch.org. By using our website, you agree to these terms of service. Please read them carefully.


These terms of service (“Terms”) govern your use of our website and services. By using our website, you agree to these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, you may not use our website.

Changes to the Terms

We may update these Terms from time to time.

Use of our website

You may use our website only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms. You agree not to use our website:

  • In any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local or international law or regulation.
    For the purpose of exploiting, harming or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information or otherwise.
  • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any advertising or promotional material, including any “junk mail,” “chain letter” or “spam” or any other similar solicitation.
  • To impersonate or attempt to impersonate us, our employees, another user or any other person or entity.
  • In any way that infringes upon the rights of others, including intellectual property rights or privacy rights.
  • To engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use or enjoyment of the website, or which, as determined by us, may harm us or users of the website or expose them to liability.

Intellectual Property

Our website and its entire contents, features, and functionality (including but not limited to all information, software, text, displays, images, video, and audio, and the design, selection, and arrangement thereof), are owned by us, our licensors, or other providers of such material and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.

These Terms permit you to use our website for your personal, non-commercial use only. You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, republish, download, store, or transmit any of the material on our website, except as follows:

  • Your computer may temporarily store copies of such materials in RAM incidental to your accessing and viewing those materials.
  • You may store files that are automatically cached by your Web browser for display enhancement purposes.
  • You may print or download one copy of a reasonable number of pages of the website for your own personal, non-commercial use and not for further reproduction, publication, or distribution.
  • If we provide desktop, mobile, or other applications for download, you may download a single copy to your computer or mobile device solely for your own personal, non-commercial use, provided you agree to be bound by our end user license agreement for such applications.

If we provide social media features with certain content, you may take such actions as are enabled by such features.

You must not:

  • Modify copies of any materials from this site.
  • Use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences, or any graphics separately from the accompanying text.
  • Delete or alter any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights notices from copies of materials from this site.
  • Access or use for any commercial purposes any part of the website or any services or materials available through the website.
  • If you print, copy, modify, download, or otherwise use or provide any other person with access to any part of the website in breach of the Terms, your right to use the website will stop immediately and you must, at our option.

Submitted Information

Your personal information is voluntarily supplied by you when you register and submit data to Bumble Bee Watch. By registering, you allow us to associate your bumble bee records with a unique identifier (login name or your name) to enable you to track and download your records and build your unique, virtual bumble bee collection. If you submit unusual records, we may request more details through Bumble Bee Watch’s record comment feature or by email, but your email address and contact information will not be sold or distributed outside of Bumble Bee Watch without your permission. Profile Information allows us to improve the web site for Bumble Bee Watch users in a more informed way.

Bumble bee records are the most important pieces of information that we collect. All details of an observation and its associated location (species, numbers, etc.) are available to all users registered with Bumble Bee Watch. However, only information pertaining to bumble bee observations is available to Bumble Bee Watch users; no personal contact information is ever made public.

Photo Copyright

Copyright for all photo vouchers submitted to Bumble Bee Watch are covered under the Creative Commons License: Attribution + Noncommercial and applicable Canadian and US Copyright Laws. If submitting or posting another photographer’s photos to Bumble Bee Watch or elsewhere, you should have permission to do so. We will remove photographs if we are informed that appropriate permissions for their use on Bumble Bee Watch have not been obtained or in case of disputes. Bumble Bee Watch administrators are not able to manually check the validity of copyright for every posted photograph.