Parks for Pollinators is a national campaign to raise awareness and community involvement in the pollinator crisis through local parks and recreation and likeminded organizations. NRPA and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation are challenging local parks to get involved and host a pollinator BioBlitz during September.

Sign Up to Host a BioBlitz this September to Engage Your Community in Pollinator Awareness

If your agency signs up to host an event during the month of September, they will also be entered to win one of three $1,000 prizes and one of three Scotts Miracle-Gro prize packs to help with your pollinator habitats or programs! Your BioBlitz event can be virtual to ensure your community is following COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. Check out this blog post for tips on how to make your BioBlitz a virtual, fun and safe event!

 By signing up you will:

  • Receive a toolkit explaining how to host and manage your events.
  • Receive a marketing toolkit with sample social media posts, email copy and a template press release.
  • Be joining us in our Parks for Pollinators Pledge.

Stay tuned! You'll be able to sign up and recieved the toolkits later this spring!

What’s a BioBlitz?

The Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz is an event where community members work with park staff to create a snapshot of the variety of wildlife that can be found in local parks. To participate, community members will use an app to take pictures of plants, insects and animals to see what wildlife is present in the park on the day of the event and provide the park system with more information about local pollinators, which are essential to our ecosystem.

During our second annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz in September 2020, nearly 200 individuals pledged to help pollinators and learn how to host a BioBlitz. Events were organized from coast to coast, with 24 states represented from Alaska to Florida, and a total of 57 park and recreation agencies participating. These groups recorded nearly 19,500 observations, documenting thousands of species of both pollinators and pollinator-supporting plants. More than 2,300 people participated in the national BioBlitz to record these findings, and more than 3,000 experts helped identify the findings using iNaturalist. You can check out the results here — you can even see what pollinators were found near you!

 

Why Host an Event?

Hosting a Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz event allows your community to see how many pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants they can find. You can even make a competition out of it to see who can find the most species. The results of all the local BioBlitz events will be incorporated into the national campaign to show how parks across the country are supporting pollinators in their local spaces.

Your agency can use that data from the event to create an inventory of the species (pollinator and plants) found in your local parks. This can be a valuable tool to better manage your open spaces and help you create your future management plans. You can also engage a whole new group of volunteers and future park ambassadors! Read about the possibilities here.

This is a great opportunity to engage your community members in a community science event while promoting pollinator awareness and education.

 

How Does it Work?

The Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz is hosted on iNaturalist. Park and recreation agencies who participate will create a local campaign under NRPA’s national Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz campaign. Instructions for how to do this are included in the BioBlitz toolkit you will receive after signing up.

NRPA's BioBlitz iNaturalist Campaign Page

 

 

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