St. Louis Bee Brigade and BeeSpotter Go BeeBlitzing

St. Louis Bee Brigade + BeeSpotter

About the St. Louis Bee Brigade/BeeSpotter Collaboration

Throughout her career, Nicole Miller-Struttmann has been dedicated to enhancing the public understanding of science. She continues this work as a faculty member at Webster University working with St. Louis area teachers to enhance science learning, citizen scientists to monitor local bee populations, and regional science foundations to reach broad publics interested in STEM.

One instance of this work is her collaboration with BeeSpotter. She has established a bee monitoring citizen science project known as St. Louis Bee Brigade. Nature lovers, concerned citizens, and science enthusiasts are invited to help scientists monitor bee populations in the St. Louis area. She is working with teachers in the Webster Groves school district to develop science and math curricula using data collected through this program.

As part of this collaboration, Nicole is organizing a BeeBlitz in the St. Louis area. Read on to learn more!

St. Louis BeeBlitz 2017

To kick off National Pollinator Week, we will be monitoring bee populations at Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, and we need your help! Nature lovers, concerned citizens, and science enthusiasts are invited to get outside, learn some bee biology, take photos of wild bees, and upload their findings to BeeSpotter, a web-based portal at the University of Illinois. Your data will help scientists track bee populations around the nation!

The St. Louis BeeBlitz is a collaboration among the following groups:

Join us at the Forest Park Forever Visitor & Education Center

Visitor & Education Center
Forest Park Forever
5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112
View Forest Park Visitor & Education Center on a map

Registration is required but FREE and open to ALL (though age limits may apply for those collecting data to ensure data quality). Space is limited, so please register early. To register a group of more than 6, please contact Nicole Miller-Struttmann (Nicole can also be reached by phone at 314-218-5307). In the case of inclement weather, we will contact you via email with updates and/or alternative activities.

On Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10:30AM-12:30PM, you can find us on the north side of the Forest Park Forever Visitor & Education Center. We will be walking to different locations throughout the park, so please arrive promptly at 10:30AM!

Other ways to get involved

If you don't live near St. Louis, don't worry, you can still participate! All you have to do is go outside and take a few bee photos on June 17, 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!

You can help us spread the word about the BeeBlitz by distributing this BeeBlitz announcement flier to anyone you think might be interested!

St. Louis BeeBlitz announcement flier
Download the St. Louis BeeBlitz announcement flier

Even if you can't join us for the St. Louis BeeBlitz, you can contribute to BeeSpotter anytime! Here's how you can get involved:

  1. Create a BeeSpotter account
  2. Add your bee spotting

That's it! Our experts will identify your bee and let you know when it's publicly visible on BeeSpotter!

Getting Started with BeeSpotter

Bee Brigade News & Publicity

Questions?

For more information or inquiries, please contact Nicole Miller-Struttmann (Nicole can also be reached by phone at 314-218-5307).