BeeBlitz

Fifth annual BeeBlitz

Join BeeSpotter on Saturday, June 22, 2019 for the fifth annual BeeBlitz!

Get involved: Snap, Upload, Contribute!

Nature lovers and concerned citizens in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio are invited to get outside and snap pictures of honey & bumble bees for BeeBlitz. 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.

What is BeeBlitz?

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. During the BeeBlitz, we seek to know what species of honey & bumble bees are seen, and where they are, on this specific day.

We encourage veteran and aspiring bee spotters alike to venture out on a nature walk and participate in the blitz.

What can YOU do?

All you have to do is go outside on June 16, take a few bee photos, 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!

Learn how to get started with BeeSpotter!

We also encourage parks, schools, museums, and zoos to offer BeeBlitz events in as many communities as possible. 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! Also, check out our list of Suggested BeeBlitz Gear.

You can help us spread the word about the BeeBlitz by distributing these BeeBlitz announcement fliers to anyone you think might be interested!

BeeBlitz Events

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 have a number of BeeBlitz events scheduled throughout the day for the Champaign-Urbana area. You can help us plan by letting us know you're interested, though you're welcome to participate even if you don't sign up in advance.

    Let us know you're coming to the C-U BeeBlitz!

    6/22/2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM: Meadowbrook Park


    Garden Pavilion, Meadowbrook Park
    (Race St. entrance)
    Learn about Meadowbrook Park

    A guided expedition through Meadowbrook Park's Sensory Garden and Spomer Prairie is departing from the Garden Pavilion. Bring your camera or smartphone and comfortable walking shoes, and be ready for an adventure! Call 217-384-4062 by Friday, June 21 to let us know you are coming.

    View an annotated map of Meadowbrook Park (PDF).

    6/22/2019 10:45AM - 12:15PM: BeeBlitz at the Pollinatarium


    606 W Windsor Rd, Urbana, IL 61801
    Telephone: (217) 265-8302
    Learn about the Pollinatarium

    Join us at the Pollinatarium on June 22, from 10:45AM to 12:15PM to celebrate another National Pollinator Week. The University of Illinois Pollinatarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. It's surrounded by prairie, so it's the perfect place to spot some bees!

    We will venture out into the fields surrounding the Pollinatarium and photograph honey & bumble bees, then upload the photos to BeeSpotter. We encourage you to bring your camera or smartphone, though we will have cameras available for those who need one. We will also have computers available so you can upload your spottings immediately, should you wish to do so.

    This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to come for the whole time or stop in for only part of the event. We'd love to have you join us, even if only for 20-30 minutes!

  • 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!

    6/22/2019 10:00AM - 1:00PM: Forest Park


    Visitor & Education Center
    Forest Park Forever
    5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park
    St. Louis, MO 63112
    View Forest Park Visitor & Education Center on a map

    On Saturday, June 22, we will wrap up National Pollinator Week with the third annual St. Louis BeeBlitz at Forest Park. All it takes is a camera, a patch of flowers, and you!

    From 10:00AM-1:00PM you will find us on the east side of the Forest Park Forever Visitor & Education Center. We will be walking to different locations throughout the park, so please arrive promptly at 10:00AM!

    The St. Louis BeeBlitz is organized by the St. Louis Bee Brigade (a collaboration between Webster University, St. Louis University, BeeSpotter of the University of Illinois, Academy of Science of St. Louis, and Forest Park Forever).

    Read more about the St. Louis BeeBlitz: St. Louis Bee Brigade and BeeSpotter Go BeeBlitzing

  • Events in Lemont, Illinois

    6/22/2019 1:00PM - 2:30PM: Sagawau Environmental Learning Center


    Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
    12545 W 111th St
    Lemont, IL 60439
    View Sagawau Environmental Learning Center on a map

    Help scientists at University of Illinois conserve bees by taking photographs of bumble bees here at Sagawau. A naturalist will teach you the ABCs of how to photograph bees for identification, after which we will fan out to photograph queens and workers on site. Bring your smart phone or camera, no previous experience necessary. Adults and ages 12+, call 630-257-2045 to register, FREE!

  • Events in Dundee Township, Illinois

    6/22/2019 8:00AM - 11:00AM: Dixie Briggs Fromm Nature Preserve


    Dixie Briggs Fromm Conservation Area
    Dundee Township, IL 60118
    View Dixie Briggs Fromm Conservation Area on a map

    Meet at the Lawndale Drive entrance on the East Side of the Dixie Briggs open space. We can walk through the prairie, ID insects and get some pictures of Bumble Bees. Bring a camera that you can download from or cell phone and a sharp eye. We'll be especially looking for an endangered insect: the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee which has reportedly been sighted in this preserve.

    Join us at 8 - 11 AM on June 22, 2019

Suggested BeeBlitz Gear

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)

National Pollinator Week

BeeBlitz is part of National Pollinator Week. Check out their site for pollinator-related activities across the United States.

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Find out more

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!