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University of Illinois Pollinatarium
Head to the U of I Pollinatarium on Saturday, June 26, 2021 for the seventh annual BeeBlitz!
Mark your calendar for the seventh annual BeeBlitz capping 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 26th. 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.
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. The goal is to know what species of honey & bumble bees are seen, and where they are, on this day. They encourage veteran and aspiring bee spotters alike to venture out on a nature walk and participate in the blitz.
The event will be held at the Pollinatarium (606 W Windsor Rd, Urbana, IL 61801) from 9am – 11am on June 26. The group will venture out into the fields surrounding the Pollinatarium and photograph honey & bumble bees, then upload the photos to BeeSpotter. They encourage you to bring your camera or smartphone, though they will have cameras available for those who need one. They 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. They’d love to have you join them, even if only for 20-30 minutes!
If you can’t make it to the Pollinatarium, you can still participate! All you have to do is go outside and take a few bee photos on June 26, 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!