A Citizen Science Program

BeeBlitz BioBlitz Bees

What is a BeeBlitz?


A BeeBlitz is a citizen science event through which ordinary people can track the health of their local bee populations. Did you know that there are over 4,000 species of bees in North America? Join us to find and document the many species of native bees in your neighborhood!

Armed with curiosity, your phone and the iNaturalist app, you'll search for bees and capture photos of some of the bee species in your area. Join us and take an extraordinary look into the fascinating world of bees, the pollinators responsible for nearly one in every three bites of food you eat.


You Decide!

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Wherever You Are!

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How it Works

1. Contact us about the details of your BeeBlitz


Email us at bumblebee [at] with details about your BeeBlitz event. Please include: date/time, location, affiliated organization (if applicable), and if you're familiar with iNaturalist.

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2. Get an iNaturalist account


Download the iNaturalist app on your phone.

3. Give iNaturalist a try


Upload a photo of an animal or plant for identification to familiarize yourself with iNaturalist. This way you're ready to roll (or help others) at your BeeBlitz!

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4. Invite your community members and have fun!


Invite friends, family, and community members and have them download iNaturalist too. Ask everyone to bring their phone or camera with them to your BeeBlitz. Have fun!

Previous BeeBlitz Locations

BeeBlitz events have already been organized by citizen scientists nationwide, in locations including:

Ready to host a BeeBlitz?

Tackle Step 2 and download iNaturalist.


Check out the BeeBlitz FAQ Page or contact us

Previous BeeBlitz Partners

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Thanks to the Support of

Oh the Bees you'll See...

Through Citizen Science projects like the BeeBlitz, many people have had unexpected encounters with rare bees - and you could be next!

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Rusty Patched Bumblebee

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Yellow-Banded Bumblebee

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BeeBlitz: a Citizen Science Project

We launched BeeBlitz during National Pollinator Week, a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. National Pollinator Week is initiated and managed by Pollinator Partnership.




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