Thank you to everyone who went out spotting bees the weekend of June 24! We are still receiving BeeBlitz spottings, so if you haven't uploaded yours yet, we encourage you to submit your spottings!

Ninth annual BeeBlitz

Join us on Saturday, June 24, 2023 for the ninth 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 24, 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

BeeBlitz events are 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!

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

    6/24/2023 8:45AM - 9:45AM: BeeBlitz at the Pollinatarium

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

    Join us at the Pollinatarium 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. Bring your camera or smartphone and get ready to spot some bees!

    6/24/2023 10:00AM - 11:00AM: Meadowbrook Park

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

    Celebrate pollinators at Meadowbrook Park! Come to Meadowbrook Park and help collect data on what kinds of bees populate the park. Everyone is welcome - bring your camera or smartphone and comfortable walking shoes, and be ready for an adventure!

    View an annotated map of Meadowbrook Park (PDF).

    6/24/2023 11:30AM - 12:30PM: Buffalo Trace Prairie

    Buffalo Trace Prairie East Parking Lot
    (off Route 47)
    Learn about Buffalo Trace Prairie

    Buffalo Trace Prairie is part of Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet, IL. The flowers at Buffalo Trace have been blooming well this year, so come ready to spot some pollinators!

    There are 2 entrances - we will meet at the east entrance off Route 47, not the west entrance off Crowley Rd.

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


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!