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Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Monday, August 1 @ 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

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An event every year that begins at 10:00 AM on of April, May, June, July, August, September and October, happening 7 times


Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee!
—a year-round Community Action science collaboration to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region

FREE and OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up. 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! 

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
  • No bees to observe? Zeros are still data! Please fill out the “No Bees Form

In addition to our training sessions, 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. If you want to get started learning the common bee genera of St. Louis now, check out Nina Fogel’s, The Bees of St. Louis: A Shutterbee Guide! She will be updating it throughout the year, so send her your suggestions (nina.fogel@slu.edu), if you would like add information. We look forward to working with you! If have any questions, please contact us at shutterbee@webster.edu.

Interested in joining the Shutterbee project? CLICK HERE to REGISTER!

Additional Resources on photographing and identifying bees and helping pollinators can be found on the Shutterbee website.

Shutterbee is a Community 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, in collaboration with Saint Louis University and the Billiken Bee Lab, the Saint Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden, with additional support from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Living Earth Collaborative Center for Biodiversity. Promotional support provided by The Academy of Science – St. Louis.


Monday, August 1
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
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