Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food.
They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce.
Without the actions of pollinators agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would collapse. https://www.pollinator.org/
Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife. Turning your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape, or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® is fun, easy, and can make a lasting difference for wildlife.
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"A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity. These events can happen in most any geography—urban, rural, or suburban—in areas as small as a backyard or as large as a country.
Smartphone technologies and apps such as iNaturalist make collecting photographs and biological information about living things easy as part of a BioBlitz. High quality data uploaded to iNaturalist become part of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, an open source database used by scientists and policy makers around the world."
Park professionals all abuzz about the benefits of a BioBlitz
By Jennifer Fulcher -May 21, 2020
Change can begin with one person. And that is why Jenny Corbett, lead naturalist at Wickiup Hill Learning Center in Iowa, believes so strongly in BioBlitz events.
The NRPA Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz promotes education about pollinators and facilitates the collection of data on the pollinators found in parks. During these events, individuals use the iNaturalist platform on their smart devices to take photographs of plants, insects and animals in a designated park space. The gathered citizen science data can help park professionals develop plans for protecting pollinators, as well as the plant life they rely on.
“No matter how many people participate…hopefully, they will go home, plant a little corner in the yard as a pollinator garden,” Corbett says. “If you can get one person to change how they see their yard, that they don’t need to have a ‘green desert’ all mowed perfectly, neat and tidy, you have made a difference.”
“Anything we can do to encourage the public to think about their role as ‘citizen scientists’ and to give them tools to provide data is very valuable in the long run,” says Cindy Haverkamp, parks planner for Pierce County Parks and Recreation in Washington state.
“Events like Parks for Pollinators benefit the community because they raise awareness,” Haverkamp notes. Many people don’t understand how important pollinators are or how they connect to both the human and animal world. “If we can use tools like iNaturalist to get their attention or to increase their curiosity about their local environment, they will be more intentional about taking care of it, which will benefit all of us,” she says.
“A BioBlitz is a great way to reconnect with your parks,” says Rowan Prothro, recreation specialist for Georgetown Parks and Recreation in Texas. These events allow both park professionals and park visitors to gain a deeper understanding, better connection to and feeling of ownership of their park.
To learn more about the national Parks for Pollinators campaign and how to host your own BioBlitz, visit the NRPA BioBlitz webpage.
Jennifer Fulcher is the Communications Manager at NRPA.
"Hummingbirds (family Trochilidae) are amazingly adapted pollinators, and they play an important role in pollination.
They have long, slender bills and tube-like tongues that they use to drink nectar from brightly-colored flowers; this gives them the energy they need to fuel their high metabolism.
To attract them, you can either plant a hummingbird garden or hang a hummingbird feeder. In your garden, choose native flowers with a tube shape. Hummingbirds are not attracted by smell, so chose plants with brightly-colored flowers."
The Manitou Bioblitz for Spring 2020 took place over 9 days to record any and all life you see in Manitou Springs! As we’ve learned, collecting data of this kind helps us in educated decision making on our open spaces, parks, and our own yards.
A great opportunity to learn about our Colorado wildlife and familiarize yourself with the natural world around you, all while keeping away from crowds and ultimately benefiting habitat!
Manitou Springs Pollinator Project is conducting another Summer and Fall Pollinator Count Bioblitz on iNaturalist (free app) to collect data establishing our community's baseline levels of pollinators and other life within our town, though do feel free to hand record any observations and share what you find!
Colorado Governor, Jared Polis, proclaimed June 20th through June 26th, 2023, as Colorado Pollinator Week