PARKS FOR POLLINATORS BIOBLITZ
September 1 – 30
Free, open to all ages
Burlington Recreation & Parks is hosting a BioBlitz virtual event during the whole month of September as part of the National Parks for Pollinators campaign, which is aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of pollinators and positioning parks as national leaders in advancing pollinator health and native habitat. Organized by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz event is held during September.
What’s a BioBlitz?
The Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz is an event where community members help provide a snapshot of the variety of wildlife that can be found in and around Burlington. Participants will use an app called iNaturalist to take pictures of plants, insects and animals to see what wildlife is present during the month of September. This information will help us understand how we can better protect pollinators and other important wildlife in our community.
- On Mobile Device: Download the iNaturalist app on your mobile device and create an account. Under “More” select Projects, search “Parks for Pollinators 2021: Burlington Recreation and Parks”
- On Desktop: Use the link Parks for Pollinators 2021: Burlington Recreation and Parks
– From the “Community” tab, click on Projects and join “Parks for Pollinators 2021: Burlington Recreation and Parks”
- Anytime in September 2021, go out and observe pollinators (bee, butterfly, bat, etc.) or pollinator-friendly plants in Alamance County. Snap photos, identify the organism as best as you can, add your location, and save your observation.
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, during 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.“Pollinators are critical for the health and wellbeing of our communities. Taking steps to protect our various pollinators has never been more important,” said Michele White, NRPA program manager of the Parks for Pollinator campaign. “This September, we challenge park and recreation professionals to host BioBlitz events in their communities to educate members of the public about the importance of our pollinators. Park agencies that participate have the chance to win one of three $1,000 to support the creation of pollinator habitat in parks. This work is possible thanks to our partnership with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation.”“Research shows us that people want to take action and protect pollinator health, but often times, they simply don’t know what to do,” said Carol Nowlin, corporate responsibility manager at ScottsMiracleGro. “A key piece of our partnership with NRPA is educating more community members, families and children on the steps they can take to support pollinators. And there’s no better location to do that than at their local park.”
According to a poll conducted by NRPA, nearly all adults in the United States agree that promoting pollinator health should be a conservation priority across the United States. Promoting pollinator health includes protecting against the decline and death of pollinators, such as bees and other insects, and increasing their habitat.
To learn more about Parks for Pollinators, visit www.nrpa.org/parks4pollinators.