BeeBlitz FAQ

What is a BeeBlitz?

A BeeBlitz is derived from the term “BioBlitz” which is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. In a BeeBlitz, volunteers, naturalists and scientists focus on bees; they gather at a specific spot to observe and document the area’s local bee population. During a BeeBlitz, a team’s goal is to photograph and record as many bee species as possible in their designated area.

When is the BeeBlitz?

The BeeBlitz is being held on June 22nd, 2019 in various locations throughout the US. Please visit the BeeBlitz information page to view the full list of participating cities and register for an event in your area.

Who should attend?

Anyone with a passion for pollinators is welcome to attend! There are no prerequisites to attend other than a love of bees, an interest in expanding your knowledge base and the opportunity for good company. However, because our events are capped at a strict number of participants, please only register if you are serious about attending.

What should I bring with me to the BeeBlitz?

Because we will be outside for the duration of the event, we ask that you keep an eye on the current day's weather forecast and dress appropriately. Please find below a list of suggested items to bring with you to ensure that your day runs smoothly!

  • Water (!!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera Phone (if you have an iPhone or Android, please download iNaturalist and bring your device!)
  • More Water!

Beyond this list, please avoid bringing extra items with you. There will be no storage space onsite for personal items, and The Honeybee Conservancy will not be held liable for lost or misplaced items.

Do I need to wear a beekeeping suit or worry about bee stings?

No, a beekeeping suit isn't needed as you will only view honey and/or native bees from a distance. If you have suffered an allergic reaction to bee stings previously, please consult with your doctor before attending and bring an Epi-pen and/or allergy medicine.

Do I need to do anything in advance to prepare?

You do need to register! Registration is open but limited. We fully expect this event to fill up quickly, so please register as soon as possible to ensure that a spot is available to you! Visit the main BeeBlitz page and click on the event you'd like to attend.

In addition to registering, please download the iNaturalist app and create an account if you have a compatible device.

Will we have help with species identification?

There will be a team of experts and knowledgeable enthusiasts on site at each event to help with bee identification. Team leaders will gladly provide guidance, instruction and help with species identification. We will also provide a common bee species guide for your reference during the event.

Also, iNaturalist has a fantastic function which suggests common IDs for you based on location, visual similarity and the collective knowledge of the community of iNaturalist users. The suggestions are based on the quality of the photo (it can be hard to photograph bees!) and are not always correct, but they will often point you in the right direction.

How will the data that I collect be used?

A large number of scientists and taxonomic experts are involved in the iNaturalist community and provide enormous value by helping to identify observations. Your photos, depending on their quality, will be reviewed by experts with the goal of verifying an accurate species identification for your observation. Check out the Identify section of iNaturalist! These are photos that have been taken that have yet to be verified and keyed to species.

What if it rains?

Bees aren’t a fan of the rain, and neither are we! Therefore, we will be contacting you within 12 hours of the event if the event will not continue.

Have Further Questions?

We would love to help! If you are interested in organizing a BeeBlitz event in your local area, or would like more details about the event, please feel free to contact Kristin by emailing: bumblebee [at] thehoneybeeconservancy [dot] org ; we’re happy to point you in the right direction or give your effort a shout out!

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