Pollinator BioBlitz Events

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Scheduled Events

(State Park-based events are listed on the State Parks online BioBlitz Calendar of Events.)

Date Event City Hosting Organization Description of Activities
October 5, 2018
8am
2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Austin McKinney Roughs Nature Park Visit McKinney Roughs Nature Park between Oct. 5-21 and log your pollinator sightings using the iNaturalist app. Post images to Instagram and Facebook using #TXPollinators at #LCRAparks and get a special gift from the front
October 6, 2018 8am & 1pm 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Rockport Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalists 8 a.m.-12 p.m. There will be self-guided tours of public and private pollinator gardens (locations to be sent to registrants). 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a workshop at Agrilife Extension Office, 895 Airport Rd., Rockport, TX. Subjects to be covered are the anatomy and life cycle of a butterfly, native plants for butterflies and pollinators, and types of butterflies found locally. For a $25 donation to Texas Master Naturalists, participants will receive a free butterfly T-shirt designed by artist, Rebecca Stapleton, and a guaranteed spot at the workshop. Participants must preregister at the midcoast-tmn.org web site, center of home page, prior to the event.
October 6, 2018 9am 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin Why are native bees such a buzz-worthy topic? These magnificent, hard-working insects are diverse, fascinating and vital to landscapes. Learn about bee ecosystems, morphology, behavior and society, nesting habits, diets, and how to tell bees from wannabees (mimics). We'll talk conservation too!
Registration required. $45 per person
October 6, 2018 10am 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Meadow Place City of Meadow Place Educational monarch activities and booths, 30' butterfly house, native nectar plant sale (Morningstar Nursery), Monarch Butterfly costume parade for kids, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, crafts, food trucks
October 6, 2018 2pm 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Austin McKinney Falls State Park

Come to McKinney Falls to kick-off the 2018 Pollinator BioBlitz! Stop by our table to discover how to use iNaturalist, as well as tips on identifying common pollinators and their food sources. Where: Field next to Upper Falls parking lot When: Oct.6th 2:00-3:30pm Who should come: Everyone! All ages welcome, under 18 accompanied by parent or guardian What should you bring: Smart phone (We recommend downloading iNaturalist prior to arrival-it's free! If you can't it's okay) Closed-toed shoes, water, sunscreen, snack, etc. Cost: Event is included with cost of admission ($6 per person-13yrs and older, 12 and younger get in free)

October 6, 2018 2pm 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Tyler Tyler State Park Discover the explosion of color in the Post oak savannah as prairie and woodland wildflowers bloom. We will also see colorful pollinators and the equally colorful predators that hunt them. Dress for the weather and be ready for a short walk. Meet at the Blackjack Nature Trail.
October 12, 2018 9am-12pm 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Houston Hermann Park Conservancy We will be working in the Whistle Stop Prairie in Hermann Park as a part of the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz. Come help plant natives, remove invasives, and trim back overgrown/dead plants. This will be a great opportunity to inspect our native bee houses, snap some cool photos, and participate in citizen science while giving back to the community!
Notes: 
Please wear close-toed shoes and long pants.
Hermann Park Conservancy will provide gloves and tools needed.
October 13, 2018 All day starting at 7:30am 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Lewisville Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area Various nature walks and full BioBlitz events.
October 13, 2018 12pm 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Marble Falls Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge Pollinator and Insect ID, Geocaching, Reptile Show, Junior Firefighter, Raptor Show, Guided Hikes, Fishing for Catfish, Junior Wildlife Officer, BB Guns, Archery, Watercolor Art, Kids Crafts, Creek-side Critters, so much more!
October 15, 2018 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Farmers Branch Windmill Garden at Brookhaven College Education about Monarch migration and threats; how tagging and citizen science can help combat their decline; the importance of native-plant gardens; milkweed and nectar plants for monarchs. See Facebook Brookhaven Windmill Garden for more info or weather cancellations/delays.
October 19-21, 2018 2018 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival San Antonio Texas Butterfly Ranch The 2018 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival is three fantastic days of science, education, art and celebration. The Festival takes place during peak Monarch migration season in San Antonio, October 19 -21, when migrating monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains funnel through Texas on their way to Mexico to roost for the winter. Events consist of an engaging Butterflies without Borders Forum of noteworthy scientists and figures in the Monarch world, an art opening, a mezcal tasting, teacher workshops (offered in Spanish and English), an edible insect lunch, and many more activities on Sunday 21 at the Festival and Parade in The Pearl.
October 20, 2018 8am 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (GCBO)

This event is the monthly 3rd-Saturday bird-banding event held at the GCBO open-air pavilion, which involves mist-netting of songbirds and hummingbirds this time of year. Additionally, the GCBO grounds are always open weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm for self-guided walks. Visitors are invited to observe pollinators (plants, insects, hummingbirds) at our native & naturalized plant nursery (where many unique native pollinator plants are now blooming, and available for purchase). The nursery and grounds also have many fall-blooming plants and multiple hummingbird feeders, and there are also several "Brazos bottoms" woodland trails to enjoy on any weekday. Great photo opportunities!!

The GCBO entrance is a gated gravel road located off the south side of Hwy 332 just west of Lake Jackson along Buffalo Camp Bayou (less than 1/4 mile west of FM-2004 intersection, between the two bayou bridges).

October 20, 2018 11am 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz 13551 FM 150 Driftwood, TX Vista Brewing & Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center We're celebrating all of our native Texas bees, bats hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies, and beetles with a Pollinator Jamboree! Texas Parks and Wildlife is hosting a virtual event for the month of October called the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz which encourages kids and adults of all ages to get outside, find pollinators and nectar-producing plants and share their observations by posting a photo or video to Instagram, iNaturalist, or Facebook.
We've teamed up with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Bee Weaver Apiaries to bring that virtual event to life on Saturday, October 20 at Vista Brewing. Our wildflower fields, 16-hive apiary, farm and walking trails are the perfect place to spot pollinators in action!

From opening at 11:00 a.m. to closing at 10:00 p.m., we'll have a lineup of fun classes, tours and activities to learn about the importance of pollinators. We will also release our collaboration beer project with the Wildflower Center, a French Bier de Garde featuring ingredients sourced from the Wildflower Center's Taste of Place Edible Garden.

Scheduled Tours & Classes:
* 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Plant Identification Walk: Take a walk with experts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center identifying native plants and learning about Central Texas pollinators. 1-hour tour. Please wear sturdy walking shoes. No RSVP needed, meet in front of the Tasting Room.

* 1:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. Farm Tour: Tour of Vista's onsite vegetable and herb farm with Farmer Travis. Learn about our "beyond organic" farming practices, restoring pastureland to farmland and see what's growing this fall. 1-hour tour. Please wear sturdy walking shoes. No RSVP needed, meet in front of the Tasting Room.

* 6:00 p.m.: Happy Hour Hive Tour: Step up into Vista's bee observation area and see how beekeepers work through colonies. Our beekeeper will show you the different parts of a hive including: queen bees, workers, drones, honey, pollen, and wax. Afterwards (or before!) enjoy a free honey tasting in Vista's tasting room. RSVP required. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and meet in front of the Tasting Room.

All day activities:
* Monarch Display- learn about the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly, it's migration patterns and the importance of planting milkweed.
* Kid's Wildflower Mask- pick up a wildflower mask to color and model your favorite native wildflowers.
* Pollinator Bingo- grab a card at the bar and search for pollinators and nectar-producing plants on the Vista walking trails and farm.
* Honey Tasting- sample the unique flavors of honey created by the bees from different locations around Texas.
* Observation Beehive- inside our Tasting Room, we'll have a fully contained, working beehive on display to see the bees in action!
* Texas Parks & Wildlife BioBlitz Daily Challenge- post a picture of a beverage made with the help of pollinators (hint, our DreamWeaver Braggot has over 180lbs of Texas wildflower honey!) and share observations by posting a photo or video to Instagram, Twitter, iNaturalist, or Facebook. We'll have a specific hashtag, and encourage you to tag the Wildflower Center and Vista.
October 20, 2018 11am-3pm Pollinator Day San Antonio Witte Museum Activities from the Alamo Area Beekeepers and the University of Texas at San Antonio – Texas Wild Garden – 11 AM – 3 PM
Short film: Aiden’s Butterflies – Memorial Auditorium – 11:45 AM and 12:45 PM
Presentation: Who Pollinated Your Plate? – Memorial Auditorium – 12:00 PM
Ladybug Releases – 11:15 AM and 1: 15 PM
Citizen Science – How to contribute using iNaturalist – Texas Wild Garden – 11 AM and 1:30 PM
October 20, 2018 1-3pm 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Dallas Dallas Parks and Rec, North Texas Master Naturalists Documenting all of the pollinators at Harry Park in Dallas (7601 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231)
October 20, 2018 2:30pm 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Cedar Hill Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center Learn about moths and owls at this family-friendly event. We will attract and identify moths, investigate owl pellets, and offer nature crafts and games. $5 non-members; Free for members and under age 2.