2021 Challenges

* Photos from starred activities can be uploaded into iNaturalist which will automatically include them in the 2021 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz project.

Date Challenge A Challenge B
Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 * Brightly colored pollinator * Nocturnal pollinator
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 * Pollen-covered pollinator Food that benefit from pollinators: Pollinators play a crucial role in the production of most fruits,vegetables, and some nuts, including strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, squash, broccoli, prickly pear, chile pequin, and almonds. 
Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 * Something red: plant being pollinated or pollinator Picture of a pollinator predator: Share a picture of an animal that eats pollinators. From bat-eating snakes to insect-eating birds, frogs, and even other insects, pollinators run into all kinds of danger. What's your favorite “pollinator predator”?
Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 * Pollinator pollinating a tiny flower. * Pollinator in the center-of-the-action: Share a photo of a pollinator in the most urbanized or busiest location you can find.
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 * Something purple: plant being pollinated or pollinator "Like" a Photo: Visit Instagram, search #TxPollinators, and "like" a photo someone else has posted.
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 * Fuzzy pollinator * Multi-colored pollinator.
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 * Something blue: plant being pollinated or pollinator * A pollinator doing something other than pollinating (puddling, flying, mating, resting).
Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 * Monarch migrating * Pollinator on a native plant: There are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance including planting a native plant pollinator garden. A variety of colors and flower shapes will increase the potential diversity of pollinators attracted to your garden. 
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 * Something yellow: plant being pollinated or pollinator A small patch of pollinator habitat
Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 Pollinator Selfie: Everybody can play a role in supporting pollinators. From planting pollinator gardens or installing bee houses to reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides, you can help! Show your support for pollinators with a Pollinator Selfie!  * The host with the most! Post a photograph with as many pollinators as possible on a single host plant.
Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 * Something orange: plant being pollinated or pollinator * Strangest looking pollinator: Post your photo of the most peculiar pollinator you’ve encountered! Strange looking, strange location or strange angle – whatever matches your definition of peculiar or strange.
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 * The most worn/ragged pollinator: Pollinators make quite the journey and their battered wings often tell the tale! * Pollinator with stripes or spots.
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 * Something white: plant being pollinated or pollinator * Camouflaged pollinator
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 Picture of a “pollinator playground”: Pollinators can be found in small patch gardens, in bee houses, on large swaths of land, and in your own backyard. Have you found a good pollinator paradise? Snap a picture of your favorite pollinator playground. * Upload a photo to iNaturalist: If you haven’t done so already, post one (or more!) of the pollinator or flowering plant species you’ve photographed this past week during the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz project.
Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 * Pollinator or plant sporting your favorite color * Non-native pollinator in action
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 * All or mostly black pollinator. A drink that benefits from pollinators: Pollinators make many of our favorite drinks possible, including lemonade, grape juice, tomato juice, apple juice, and even coffee. 
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 * Color-coordinated pollinator and pollinator plant * Best of the best! What is your favorite photo that you took during this year’s Texas Pollinator BioBlitz challenge? It can be your favorite pollinator, pollinated plant, activity, or any other criteria you want to use!

EXTRA CHALLENGES FOR ANY DAY OF THE BIOBLITZ:

  • The middle-of-no-where shot: Share a photo showcasing a pollinator observation in the most remote location you can find.
  • Picture of a large patch of great pollinator habitat
  • Most beautiful pollinator *
  • Green, brown, grey, or silver pollinator *
  • Favorite pollinator place: Share a picture of your go-to place for spotting butterflies, birds, moths, or other pollinators.
  • Picture of a pollinator in action: Post your favorite photo or video of a pollinator in or around the plants it's helping. *
  • A photo of a crawling pollinator *
  • Pollinator mimics