Former Program Coordinator, Horticulture
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Thursday, June 4, 2015
Posted by Diane Wilhite -
Help create a snapshot in time of bee species in Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio by participating in BeeBlitz on June 21, 2015 during National Pollinator Week.
As you may be aware, BeeSpotter is a citizen science project to track bee populations in order to help scientists better understand bee demographics. Participation as a citizen scientist is really very easy and so valuable. Simply snap pictures of any bees you see and upload them to the BeeSpotter website. Well, "simply" may be an overstatement since you do have to snap fast and zoom in to get a good picture. These photos are used by experts to identify the species and make the information publicly searchable on the BeeSpotter website so understanding the photo requirements is recommended.
BeeBlitz is an attempt to get more people involved in this citizen science effort and become familiar with BeeSpotter. BeeSpotter is a joint project of the Department of Entomology and the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.