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CONSERVATION
A BioBlitz is an event where
community scientists observe and
document flora and fauna in an area
to capture a snapshot of a place's
biodiversity.
BioBlitzes and the State of Our Habitats
By Michele White
F
our years ago, NRPA launched its first-ever Parks for Pollinators
BioBlitz with support from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation
to help agencies leverage an easy-to-use community science program
that helps connect people to nature and learn about their
environment - especially the importance of pollinators and native habitat
- while collecting valuable data for parks regarding their open spaces.
A BioBlitz is an event where
community scientists observe and
document flora and fauna in an
area to capture a snapshot of a
place's biodiversity. This data helps
scientists and others to understand
what species are in a given area.
This can be done over the course of
a few hours or throughout a longer
period, such as weeks or months.
However,
BioBlitzes
also are
much more than that. They're a
great community engagement activity
to get people outside and into
parks and open spaces to explore
and connect, while helping agencies
collect data that they might
not know they need or don't have
the capacity to collect themselves,
all the while building the bond between
community, park professionals
and nature.
The Importance of Data
Currently, a little more than 30
percent of park agencies routinely
conduct habitat or species inventories
to
understand
what lives
within their parks, as well as how
healthy their habitats
are. Most
agencies are interested in collecting
this information but lack the staff26
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ing or resources to do so. This data
is helpful to understand the health
of ecosystems and identify any
emerging or current threats that
need to be addressed, like invasive
species or other factors that can
impact the management of healthy
parks and biodiversity.
Also, only 44 percent of park
are protecting
agencies
species
in need of conservation. Having
BioBlitz data can help agencies
plan and manage their open spaces
to ensure healthy plant communities,
know what species to care for
and support overall biodiversity.
Creating Park Advocates
BioBlitz events can educate the
public and grow advocates for pollinators,
native spaces and nature,
while also sourcing important data
that parks can use to create habi

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