Texas 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
Oct 2, 7, 9, 11-15, 13, 14, 16, and 27 2021 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival San Antonio The Butterfly Ranch Our sixth annual Festival unfolds with multiple events this year throughout the month, including the Festival listed below on October 16th.
You’ll learn about the monarch butterfly migration, the importance of the wildlife pollinators that make one out of every three bites of our food possible, and our special connections to Canada and Mexico.
Fri. Oct 1 to Sun. Oct 3 Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden McKinney Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in our Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden.

The butterfly house includes native species, which vary by season and what is available from suppliers. Our butterfly garden is filled with host plants that naturally attract these lovely creatures. You may even find a few ideas to try in your own garden!

This area is also a great setting for nature photography and portraiture (small fee applies). 
Sat. Oct 2 @ 7:00 AM Party With the Pollinators Wichita Falls Park Place Christian Church Community Garden Community garden tours, pollinator identification, photography, etc.
Sat. Oct 2 @ 9:00 AM iNaturalist Workshop and BioBlitz Arlington Fish Creek Neighborhood Park Pavilion Participants will attend an hour long workshop on the iNaturalist app and then practice using the app in the surrounding linear park area. 
Interested in attending: contact Melissa Walker at 817-459-6572 or  stormwatereducation@arlingtontx.gov.
Sat. Oct 2 @ 9:00-11:00 AM Pollinators in the Garden San Antonio Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy (Enter at 8400 NW Military HWY) Fun for the whole family! Come explore plants you can add to your garden that will attract pollinators and visit a  live honey bee demonstration hive!

Walk through the Wildscape Demonstration Garden and talk with the gardeners to discover how you can incorporate native plants into your garden. See live honey bees in their home, participate in bee arts and crafts, and more!
Sat. Oct. 2 @ 9:00-11:00 AM Wetlands BioBlitz at Wildwood Park in Nolanville Nolanville Keep Nolanville Beautiful Keep Nolanville Beautiful has invited the Central Texas Chapter Master Naturalists and members of the community to conduct a BioBlitz of a wetlands area in the Wildwood Estates subdivision in Nolanville, TX for the purpose of developing a robust restoration plan.
Sat. Oct. 2 @ 9:30 AM-2:00 PM Native Pollinator Day South Padre Island South Padre Island Birding Nature & Alligator Sanctuary At 9:30 AM, learn how to contribute to the TX Pollinator BioBlitz during a iNaturalist 101 presentation.

At 10:15 AM, explore the beauty of our gardens with a guided Pollinator Walk.

From 1:00-2:00 PM, A Kid's Pollinator Workshop will teach kids the importance of native pollinators for ecosystem functions (paid registration)!
Thurs. Oct 7 @ 1:00PM Pollinator BioBlitz New Braunfels Headwaters at the Comal Help catalog the diversity of plants, animals, insects, fungi and more found at Headwaters. We will briefly discuss using the iNaturalist app before we start. No experience necessary! This month our BioBlitz will highlight pollinators in celebration of the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz.
Contact Lauren Strack at 830-608-8937 or lstrack@nbutexas. com to learn more or sign up.
Sat. Oct 9 @ 9:00-11:00 AM Grab-N-Go Nature Lessons: Flap, Flutter, & Fly San Antonio Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy (Children's Nature Play Area) Stop by our table anytime between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to pick up a Grab-N-Go bag filled with activities to help you explore the park.

This month's theme is winged pollinators. The kit includes information on looking for pollinators in the park and instructions on how to make origami critters.

No registration is necessary. Supplies are limited.
Oct 11, 13, & 16
(3-part course)
The Native Bees of Texas course Austin The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower, The University of Texas at Austin
The short-course will be offered in hybrid form, online and in-person, by Laurel Trevino from the Jha Lab in the Integrative Biology Department.

Monday, October 11, 3-5:30 pm: Zoom presentation (Lecture) 

Wednesday, October 13, 1-3:30 pm: Zoom presentation (Labs)

Saturday, October 16, 1-2:30pm: In-person observation at the LBJWC. Participants  identify native bees on native plants and then do one of seven Pollinator BioBlitz challenges. 
Wed. Oct 13 @ 9:00-10:00 AM Restoration Tour: Pollinators & Host Plants New Braunfels Headwaters at the Comal Celebrate the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz with a special pollinator focused tour! Adding native plants to your landscape has so many benefits, not only for humans but for the beneficial birds, insects and butterflies that rely on them for food and shelter. Come witness the diversity of host plants and the pollinators supported by this restored prairie savanna ecosystem. This special interest tour will be led by Headwaters at the Comal Program Coordinator Jack Downey.
Sat. Oct 16 @ 9:00-11:00 AM Fall Monarch Migration Game San Anotnio Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy: Butterfly Learning Center ‘Journey' to different stations while learning about the Monarch butterfly. Move through one to four different pathways: life cycles, host plants, nectar plants, and/or geography. 
This outdoor interactive game is free to download and a great way to get outside and learn!  
Sat. Oct 16 @ 9:30 AM-2:00 PM 2021 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival San Antonio The Butterfly Ranch

Confluence Park
A People for Pollinators Parade kicks off the Festivities at 9:30 AM. 
The festival is a celebration of the science, community, art, and education surrounding the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. Event  includes butterfly tagging demos, a Forever Journey altar, a story walk, kayak outings, food trucks, presentations, and dozens of educational booths and vendors.