Thank you to everyone who went out spotting bees for the 2017 Bee Blitz! We are working on scheduling the 2018 Bee Blitz, so check back again soon for more details.

About the BeeBlitz

Join us on Saturday, June 17, 2017 for the third annual BeeBlitz!

Mark your calendar for the third 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 17th. 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 the 17th. We encourage veteran and aspiring bee spotters alike to venture out on a nature walk and participate in the blitz.

BeeBlitz Events

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!

  • 6/17/2017 10AM - Noon: BeeBlitz at the Pollinatarium

    606 W Windsor Rd, Urbana, IL 61801
    Telephone: (217) 265-8302
    Visit the Pollinatarium website to learn more about it!

    Join us at the Pollinatarium on June 17, from 10AM - Noon to kick off 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!

  • 6/17/2017 Noon - 1PM: Brownbag lunch at the Pollinatarium

    Bring your lunch and chat with us about bees and other pollinators! This is also an excellent time to look around the Pollinatarium and learn more about pollinators. We will provide some snacks.

  • 6/17/2017 1PM - 3PM: Meadowbrook Park

    Garden Pavilion, Meadowbrook Park
    (Race St. entrance)

    All ages welcome (under 15 with adult)

    A guided expedition through Meadowbrook Park's Spomer Prairie is departing from the Garden Pavilion at 1pm. Bring your camera or smartphone and comfortable walking shoes, and be ready for an adventure! Call 217-384-4062 by Friday, June 16 to let us know you are coming.

    View an annotated map of Meadowbrook Park (PDF).

  • 6/17/2017 3PM - 5PM: Florida & Orchard Prairie

    The final excursion of the day will take place at the Florida & Orchard Prairie (nicknamed John's Prairie). This is a newer prairie, restored just a few years ago by the University of Illinois. Learn more about the Prairie Restoration at Florida & Orchard.

Events in St. Louis, Missouri

Registration is required but FREE and open to ALL (though age limits may apply for those collecting data to ensure data quality). Space is limited, so please register early. To register a group of more than 6, please please contact Nicole Miller-Struttmann (Nicole can also be reached by phone at 314-218-5307). In the case of inclement weather, we will contact you via email with updates and/or alternative activities.

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

If you don't live near Champaign-Urbana or St. Louis, don't worry, you can still participate! All you have to do is go outside and take a few bee photos on June 17, 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!

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

Getting Started with BeeSpotter

BeeBlitz News & Publicity


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!