(VH) Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz 2021-City of Plano
September 1 - September 30
Hello Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists!
I know there is already a BioBlitz happening this week. The Second Annual Fall Socially Distant iNaturalist BioBlitz in DFW is underway! Here is another one, and this one is different! It focuses on pollinators, observations must be made in Plano parks, and it goes from September 1-30, 2021. So, if you were wondering what you were going to do during the rest of September, this should answer that question!
Event: Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz 2021: City of Plano
Date: Wed, Sep 1, 2021 to Thu, Sep 30, 2021
Description: Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem. In fact, more than 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants and 35 percent of the world’s crops rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies. Not only are they essential for food production, they also support healthy ecosystems. Unfortunately, pollinator species have declined in numbers, becoming endangered or even extinct due to the loss of natural food supplies and habitat. Recovery can happen through the creation and restoration of native habitats and educating communities on how they can help. Parks are vital in creating this change. That’s why Plano Parks and Recreation is joining agencies across the country for the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Parks for Pollinators Bioblitz
How To Participate:
- Use your iNaturalist app (or download HERE.)
- Join the Plano Parks for Pollinators Bioblitz project page https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/parks-for-pollinators-bioblitz-2021-city-of-plano
- Get outside (see location information below) and observe organisms. Pick things that are wild and take a clear, full frame photos.
- Add your observations to the Plano project page
- Kids can also opt to use Seek to share their findings. This child-safe app developed by iNaturalist allows kids to discover the natural world by identifying plants and animals while earning badges along the way!
Location: Plano’s parks, trails, open spaces, and nature preserves. Recommended parks:
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (6701 W. Parker Road, Plano, TX 75093) Link to Map
Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve (5901 Los Rios Blvd- Between Jupiter & Parker Road- Plano, TX 75074) Link to Map
Dress: Routine dress code for activity in the field: Long-pants, boots/close-toed shoes; long-sleeved shirts are recommended. Master Naturalists should wear their name badges.
Bring: Drinking water, gloves, sunscreen, insect repellant and face mask (just in case)
VH for field observations should be logged as BPTMN: Blackland Prairie iNaturalist Project with “Plano Pollinator BioBlitz” and “name of park” where pollinators were observed in the service description box.
VH for non-field work (online & curating time) may be logged as BPTMN: Blackland Prairie iNaturalist Project: Species ID and Curation.
Break down your time as follows in the description box:
(1) Time spent in the field recording observations,
(2) Time spent online, identifying, editing, uploading your observations,
(3) Curating time reviewing, identifying and commenting on other’s iNaturalist observations.
Twelve (12) hours VH/AT per day is the max allowed by the State. Hours spend editing and uploading photos may not exceed time spent in the field making observations.
BPTMN Communications Director