BeeBlitz

Thank you for making the sixth annual BeeBlitz a great success! Check back here in 2021 to find details for the next BeeBlitz.

Sixth annual BeeBlitz

Join us (virtually) on Saturday, June 27, 2020 for the sixth 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.

This event is a perfect candidate for social distancing, as you can go out on your own or in small groups; there's no need to gather in large crowds to go bee spotting!

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 27, 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 publicize the virtual BeeBlitz in their local communities. Helpful resources for publicity include the BeeBlitz flier and the 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

Due to COVID-19, our normal BeeBlitz gatherings have been cancelled. But you can still participate in the BeeBlitz, so long as you follow guidance from the CDC and your local public health department! Here are some recommendations for a safe and fun BeeBlitz:

  • Do not gather in large groups to participate in the BeeBlitz
  • Check for guidance from your state leaders and local public health department regarding whether you may safely gather in a small group to BeeBlitz
  • Try to maintain appropriate social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet between you and others, especially when not wearing a mask
  • Please bring a mask with you on your outing. While you don't necessarily need to wear it while alone or with members of your household, you never know when you will encounter situations where socially distancing will be difficult or impossible.

With a little care and planning, you can still have a very enjoyable and successful BeeBlitz!

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:

  • Mask
  • 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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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!