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Citizen Science Virtual Training Sessions for Shutterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 4:30 PM-5:30 PM


Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee!

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! See below for link to register.

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior. We need your help to figure it out! To maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, VIRTUAL training and support is provided as you learn to conduct these surveys.

Quick notes on survey protocol:

  • Photo surveys in YOUR yard every 2 weeks
  • Observe on warm (>60°F), partly to mostly sunny days
  • Photograph ALL bees for about 30 minutes sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Submit observations to iNaturalist with metadata

In addition to our training sessions, additional events throughout the year include site visits to help you implement your first beeblitz, a bee ID camp, and end-of-the-season celebration with the entire Shutterbee community. We look forward to working with you! If have any questions, please contact Nicole Miller-Struttmann at nicolem42@webster.edu.

Interested in joining the Shutterbee project? CLICK HERE to fill out the Shutterbee Registration Survey to sign up for the first training session. We will be going over project goals and introducing some of the taxa we are focused on. In the survey, rank your preference for the following dates, so we can find the dates and times that work best for you.

Wednesday May 20th: 4:30-5:30 PM

Thursday May 21st: 6:00-7:30 PM

Saturday May 23rd: 10:00-11:30 AM

Additional Resources

Shutterbee is a Citizen Science special partnership program of Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Ph.D., the Laurance L. Browning, Jr. Assistant Professor of Biological Science at Webster University; and the 2019 Academy of Science – St. Louis Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Educator Award recipient, with promotional support provided by The Academy of Science – St. Louis.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020
4:30 PM-5:30 PM
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Your Backyard!
St. Louis, MO United States + Google Map