Integrative Biology

View Full Calendar

Ninth Annual BeeBlitz!

Event Type
Department of Entomology
Jun 24, 2023   All Day
Michael McKelvey
Originating Calendar
Entomology - Events

Ninth annual BeeBlitz

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

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 Event

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! 

6/24/2023 10:00AM - 11:00AM: Meadowbrook Park Champaign-Urbana, Illinois 

Garden Pavilion, Meadowbrook Park (Race St. entrance) 

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! 

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)
link for robots only