BeeBlitz

About the BeeBlitz

Join us on Saturday, June 16, 2018 for the fourth annual BeeBlitz!

Mark your calendar for the fourth annual BeeBlitz kicking off National Pollinator Week. Nature lovers and concerned citizens in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio are invited to get outside and snap pictures of honey & bumble bees on Saturday, June 16th. Then, upload your findings to BeeSpotter, the citizen science project run in collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Department of Entomology and the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education.

Get involved: Snap, Upload, Contribute!

The name BeeBlitz is derived from a BioBlitz, an activity in which all of the biodiversity in a specific area is examined, to provide a snapshot in time of the flora and fauna present. We want to know what species of honey & bumble bees are seen, and where they are, on this day. We encourage veteran and aspiring bee spotters alike to venture out on a nature walk and participate in the blitz.

BeeBlitz Events

Events are currently being coordinated. Watch this space for updates soon!

If you are coordinating a BeeBlitz event in your area, please let us know so we can include your event in our listing!

Events in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

We will have a number of BeeBlitz events scheduled throughout the day for the Champaign-Urbana area. We are still compiling the list and will post that information soon.

Events in St. Louis, Missouri

Registration is required, but the event is FREE and OPEN to anyone over the age of 10. Space is limited, so please register early. To register a group of more than 4 people, please contact Nicole Miller-Struttmann (email: nicolem42@webster.edu, office: 314-246-7628, or cell: 314-218-5307).

Register for the St. Louis BeeBlitz!

Preparing to BeeBlitz

While you're out helping to track bee demographics, it's also important to take care of yourself! Here are some things to remember while BeeBlitzing:

  • Water
  • Snacks (trail mix, granola/nut bar, etc.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • More water!
  • Long pants
  • Good walking shoes
  • Bug spray
  • Still more water!
  • And of course: a camera or smartphone! (Note: if you're going to be in the field for an extended period of time, you might need a portable battery charger as well)

Getting involved

We will be partnering with parks, schools, museums, and zoos to offer local BeeBlitz events in as many communities as possible. If there's no event in your area, don't worry, you can still participate. All you have to do is go outside and take a few bee photos on June 16, and upload them to BeeSpotter. You don't need to upload them immediately; just be sure to select the correct date when uploading. They will automatically be counted as part of the BeeBlitz collection!

If you are interested in coordinating a BeeBlitz event in your area, please let us know so we can include your event in our listing!

Getting Started with BeeSpotter

BeeBlitz News & Publicity

We will update this page with relevant news articles as they are posted.

Questions?

If you are interested in coordinating a BeeBlitz event in your area or have questions for us, please contact us; we'd love to highlight your efforts or answer your questions!