Second Annual BeeBlitz on Saturday, June 16th, 2018!
The bees need your help!! Recent declines in insect pollinators, especially bees, have gained international attention. The reasons for these declines are complicated, and scientists are enlisting the help of citizens to provide much needed data to figure out why. Using photographs taken by anyone with a cell phone or digital camera, we can track bee populations in time and space. However, we cannot do it alone! We need your help to make this monitoring program a success!

Please join us for a morning of bee spotting on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at Forest Park.  To kick off National Pollinator Week, citizen scientists and local experts are invited to collaborate in the St. Louis BeeBlitz at Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Participants will learn about bee biology while taking photos of wild bees. At the end of the data collection, all images and relevant information will be uploaded BeeSpotter, a web-based portal at the University of Illinois. 

The St. Louis BeeBlitz is a collaboration between the St. Louis Bee Brigade of Webster University, BeeSpotter of the University of Illinois, Forest Park Forever, St. Louis Zoo, and St. Louis University. 

Event details: 

Registration is required but FREE and open to ALL (though age limits may apply for those collecting data to ensure data quality).  Space is limited, so please register early.  To register a group of more than 6, please contact Nicole Miller-Struttmann (314-218-5307 or nicolem42@webster.edu).  In the case of inclement weather, we will contact you via email with updates and/or alternative activities.

On Saturday, June 17th, 2017 from 10:30AM-12:30PM, you can find us on the north side of the Forest Park Forever Visitor & Education Center. We will be walking to different locations throughout the park, so please arrive promptly at 10:30AM!

    Visitor & Education Center

    Forest Park Forever

    5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park

    St. Louis, MO 63112

If you can’t join us for the St. Louis Bee Brigade BeeBlitz, contribute to BeeSpotter on your own! Just go outside and take some photographs of bees on June 17th and upload them to BeeSpotter! Here’s how you can get involved:

1.     Create an account

2.     Add your bee spotting

That’s it! Our experts will identify your bee and let you know when it’s publicly visible on BeeSpotter!

Are you new to the world of bee photography? Check out BeeSpotter's Guide to photographing bees

For more information or inquiries, please contact Nicole Miller-Struttmann (314-218-5307 or nicolem42@webster.edu). 

Solar Eclipse Celebration on Monday, August 21st, 2017!

At 1:17PM on Monday, August 21st, 2017, the St. Louis region will be cast into darkness by a total solar eclipse. Webster University invites you to join us in celebrating this amazing event (the last one occurred almost 100 years ago!). Festivities will commence at 11AM at the East Academic Building on Webster University's St. Louis campus. Webster University professors will engage participants in activities based on the science behind eclipses. We will then head to the top if the Garden Avenue Parking garage to view the eclipse in all its glory!

More details to come as the big day approaches. 

Please contact Ravin Kodikara (ravinkodikara30@webster.edu) or Victoria Brown-Kennerly (vbrownkennerly64@webster.edu), if you have any questions in the mean time. 


As a graduate student at Washington University, I established the Ecology Teaching Team of the Young Scientist Program and mentored three high school students in the YSP Summer Focus Program. Through one-on-one interactions with scientists and independent research experiences, YSP encourages and supports students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds in pursuing scientific careers. 

As a post-doc at the University of MIssouri, I administred as a mentor to and educator of the next generation of science communicators through the ShowMe Nature GK-12 program at the University of Missouri (learn more about ShowMe Nature GK-12). In addition to mentoring graduate fellows as they engaged 4th and5th grade students in authentic research experiences, I taught a course designed to enhance fellow communication skills to the broader public. As part of this course, fellows create Virtual Research Broadcasts, which bring a portion of their research that is normally not accessible to their students (such as laboratory work or field excursions) into the classroom.