Jun 22, 2019
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Urban Farm

When most people think of bees, they think of honey bees. But did you know that there are over 475 species of bees in New York?

Join The Honeybee Conservancy to find and document the many species of native bees on Governor’s Island! Armed with your curiosity, your phone and the iNaturalist app, you’ll search the Island using a handy map to capture photos of some of the 450+ species of bees in New York.

BeeBlitz” is derived from the term “BioBlitz” which is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. In a BeeBlitz, volunteers, naturalists and scientists focus on bees; they gather at a specific spot to observe and document the area’s local bee population. During a BeeBlitz, a team’s goal is to photograph and record as many bee species as possible in their designated area.

You’ll begin your adventure at The Honeybee Conservancy and Island Bee Project’s Bee Sanctuary, and take an extraordinary look into the fascinating world of bees, the super pollinators responsible for nearly one in every three bites of food you eat.


11:00AM Event begins

11:15AM Arts and crafts station opens

11:50AM First bee demonstration begins

12:30 PM Guided tour begins

1:00PM Maps distributed for self-guided tour

1:30PM Second bee demonstration begins

3:00 PM Event ends

Getting there
20 Minutes from Soissons Landing 15 Minutes from Yankee Pier
10 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier