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
Fri, Oct 2- Sun, Oct 18
8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Texas Pollinator BioBlitz Humble Mercer Botanic Gardens
Here's how you can participate!
* Visit MBG during the BioBlitz.
* Take photos and videos of pollinators, nectar-producing plants, and host plants you find while visiting the gardens.
* Share your photos and videos on Facebook, Instagram, or iNaturalist.
* Remember to tag your posts! #TXpollinators and #MercerBotanicGardens
* Have fun!
While at Mercer, stop by the Visitor Center porch to pick up a copy of the Bountiful Butterflies brochure, which highlights 12 butterflies in adult and larval stages, and numerous host and nectar plants perfect for a butterfly garden!
Sat, Oct 3,
9:00-10:00 AM
Pollinator BioBlitz and Annual Seed Planting at Monarch Park Nolanville Keep Nolanville Beautiful
Spread out among three different gardens throughout the park to view and take photos of pollinators and nectar-producing plants. Simultaneously hosting an annual wildflower seed planting to get a head start on next year's pollinator plants. Experts will be on hand to educate visitors about the importance of pollinators to our way of life. Take home a goody bag with native plants and seeds!
Sat, Oct 3,
10:00-11:00 AM
Picture the Pollinators Concan- Garner State Park TPWD Tour of the Native Garden on which they will learn about native plants and pollinators.
Sat, Oct 3,
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Native Plants and Pollinators: Making Connections Online National Wildlife Federation - South Central Region (Texas)
Join a one-hour webinar on how the relationship between pollen- and nectar-seeking insects and native plants are crucial to the survival of both. Texas Nature Trackers Biologist Craig Hensley will introduce you to a variety of native plants to which a diversity of pollinators is attracted. He will also introduce you to a variety of pollinators that may visit your garden.  
Sat, Oct 3,
2:00-3:00 PM
Picture the Pollinators Concan- Garner State Park TPWD Tour of the Native Garden on which they will learn about native plants and pollinators.
Sat, Oct 3,
2:00-2:30 PM
Garden Walk & Talk Facebook Live Martin Dies, Jr. State Park We'll discuss how pollinator gardens support a diverse community of animals. We'll go over what a host plant is vs. nectar plants, and how to create a pollinator garden.
Mon, Oct 5- Sun, Oct 11
Ongoing
Virtual BioBlitz Statewide University of Texas at Dallas Participants can get outside to take pictures of their local flora and fauna. Explore the beauty of your local environment while learning about biodiversity and supporting citizen science.
Thurs, Oct 8
6:30-8:30 PM
Nature's Best Hope with Doug Tallamy Online Texas Butterfly Ranch Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival: Doug Tallamy, New York Times best selling author of Nature's Best Hope, is credited with introducing us to the idea of native plant landscaping. Tallamy will be our guest at a virtual presentation on why we should devote at least half of our yards and landscapes to native plants. Q&A to follow.
Sat, Oct 10
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Texas Pollinator Field Day Cedar Creek McKinney Roughs Nature Park - LCRA Parks Participate in hands-on pollinator learning stations and crafts along with a mini BioBlitz using the Seek app. Free event with park entry fee ($5 adult, $2 military/seniors, kids 12 and under are free). All ages and abilities are encouraged to find pollinators and nectar-producing plants, take photos, and share with friends! All participants using iNaturalist to make observations for the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz at MRNP during this time are automatically entered to win a special gift.
Sat, Oct 10 
2:00-2:30 PM
Garden Walk & Talk Facebook Live Martin Dies, Jr. State Park We'll discuss how pollinator gardens support a diverse community of animals. We'll go over what a host plant is vs. nectar plants, and how to create a pollinator garden.
Mon, Oct 12
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Wild About Pollinators Day Camp San Antonio The Witte Museum The Witte is hosting both in-person and virtual day camp for children ages 6-12. The camp will focus on pollinators and will be full of activities to keep kids engaged. Use of iNaturalist and the Seek app for cataloging and identifying pollinators will be a camp highlight.
Thurs, Oct 15
6:30-8:30 PM
Pajaros as Pollinators with Danielle Belleny Online Texas Butterfly Ranch Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival: San Antonio wildlife biologist Danielle Belleny will lead this tutorial on the intriguing role of birds as pollinators in our ecosystem. Belleny is a cofounder of Black Birders Week, as well as an avid birder and science communicator. She will show us how birds make blossoms happen and increase plant fertility as disbursers of seed. Q&A to follow.
Sat, Oct 17,
12:00-4:00 PM
Super Saturday: 6th Annual Can You Dig It San Antonio The Witte Museum Drop in to explore the world of Archaeobotany! Pollen holds an astounding amount of information about the civilizations long ago. Come explore how plants, pollen, and archaeology intersect to solve the mysteries of the past. The day will feature the Witte's Curator of Archaeology, Dr. Harry Shafer, as he explores Pollen and the Past, as well as Flint knapping with Archaeologist, Chris Ringstaff, a Walking Meditation Art instillation from Artist, Karla Saenz and various other demonstrations centered around archaeology.
Sat, Oct 17,
2:00-2:30 PM
Garden Walk & Talk Facebook Live Martin Dies, Jr. State Park We'll discuss how pollinator gardens support a diverse community of animals. We'll go over what a host plant is vs. nectar plants, and how to create a pollinator garden.
Thurs, Oct 22
6:30-8:30 PM
The Truth About Bats & COVID-19 with Rodrigo Medellin Online Texas Butterfly Ranch Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival: Rodrigo Medelli­n, known as the Bat Man of Mexico, captivated audiences at last year's Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival. This year, he returns for a special COVID-19 edition. Medelli­n will school us on the truth about bats and coronavirus at this virtual presentation. Q&A to follow.
Fri, Oct 23
6:30-8:30 PM
Bee My Honey Online Texas Butterfly Ranch Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival: Grab a date for TBR's first Pollinator to Plate series: Bee my Honey. Chef Elizabeth Johnson of Pharm Table has created a honey-inspired menu and will lead us through a simple cooking lesson. Master beekeeper Cecile Parrish of Eco Centro will guide us through a Bee 101 lesson on the buzz about beekeeping, local honey tasting,  and teach us why bees are vital to our local ecosystem.
In addition to the free cooking demo and bee 101 lesson, guests have the option to participate hands-on by purchasing two different meal kits available for pick-up in San Antonio.