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

Pollinators are a vital component of our ecosystem and an essential link to the world’s food supply. According to the White House’s Pollinators Health Task Force, over the last 30 years, the United States has seen a steady decline of pollinators (such as bees, bats and butterflies) at an alarming rate of 30 percent annually — making it vital to take action on pollinator protection. 

What’s a BioBlitz?

The Parks for Pollinator 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.

 

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 roll up to the national campaign to show how parks across the country are supporting pollinators in their local spaces.

This is a great opportunity to engage your community members in a citizen 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.

If your agency signs up to host an event during Pollinator Month in June, they will also be entered to win a $1,000 prize and one of three Scotts Miracle-Gro prize packs to help with your pollinator habitats or programs!

Parks for Pollinators Pledge

My agency will make its best effort to:

  • Plant a variety of pollinator-friendly flowers that bloom from spring through fall and plant as many native plants as possible — including milkweed if applicable.
  • Avoid using insecticides and herbicides when possible which may kill butterflies, caterpillars or the plants that pollinators use. We will try using an integrated pest management (IPM) approach.
  • Educate our community on what they can do to help pollinators.
  • Create or update a pollinator protection strategy for our agency or community.

 

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