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tat inventories and protect species
in need of conservation. Community
members' efforts can provide
what staff lack the capacity to do,
all the while fostering a connection
to nature. And, through this engagement,
the public can learn the
importance of pollinators, native
habitat and biodiversity, how they
can be better stewards in their community
and at home.
Hosting a BioBlitz Campaign
Through the four years we have
hosted this program, NRPA has
engaged 188 agencies from across
the country - many coming
back year after year to participate.
As part of this effort, more than
10,000 community scientists have
contributed to the species catalog,
nearly 20,000 species have been
identified, nearly 83,000 observations
have been made by community
scientists,
and nearly 8,000
experts or nature enthusiasts have
helped to identify species for participants.
What's more, communities
across the country have leveraged
the campaign to build awareness of
the importance of pollinators and
native habitat through varied communication
channels.
Throughout the four years, on
average, 75 percent of agencies
engaged each year had never held
a BioBlitz. But year after year,
agencies came back to host again
alongside new agencies, growing
our impact. Many joined us during
the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
since it was an easy program
to run virtually, in nature and
self-paced. Others have leveraged
it as a community engagement activity
during a park planning process.
Many implemented it during
events
or
festivals, while others
have used it to highlight pollinator
trails or networks in their communities
as destinations.
BioBlitz in Action
The City
of
Columbus,
Ohio,
grew from hosting its first BioBlitz
during our inaugural year to now
hosting a volunteer
monitoring
program using iNaturalist to assess
all its native habitats. This helps the
city's native seed collection program
and ensures its habitats are
healthy, expanding and successful.
In Dallas, its urban biologist uses
BioBlitzes to assess what biodiversity
is in its parks, which helps identify
unique plant communities or habitat
in need of restoration. Additionally,
the park and recreation agency's programming
staff hosted a Pokémonthemed
BioBlitz competition with
each of the community centers.
The City of Peoria, Arizona,
joined us for its first-ever BioBlitz a
few years ago and its park and recreation
agency now hosts several
events per year to assess its habitat,
while also expanding its community
science programs to collect
information on litter and address
the causes, ensuring the city's ecosystem
is healthy. This helps create
a powerful team of community
scientists who are having positive
impacts on their community's environment
and resiliency.
During its Parks for Pollinator
BioBlitz program, the City of Fort
Worth (Texas) Parks and Recreation
Department set aside an area in one
of its parks for reduced mow. Staff
monitored the park with iNaturalist,
met with the neighborhood to explain
the program, and also shared
the opportunity with their community
more broadly. Because of the
success of this event, the department
is using its prize money from
2021 to help remove non-native
and invasive grasses in the park
through a prescribed burn plan. The
agency hopes to burn the site in early
2023 to prepare the soil for planting
a native seed mix in spring 2023.
The City of Fort Worth also has
been able to use the Parks for Pollinators
BioBlitz program as an impetus
to extend reduced mow areas
and create natural areas in some of
its parks (tinyurl.com/33rvezw3).
The agency has established stream
buffers in 10 of its parks and staff
are monitoring the progress
of
the buffers through photo points,
iNaturalist and Stream Team water
quality monitoring.
Through its work to protect pollinators,
agency staff are creating
long-term actions that will lay the
foundation
to
improve
pollinator
habitat and visitor experience
through additional natural resource
management and reduced mowing.
These case studies serve as examples
that many agencies can
replicate. To help agencies explore
possibilities to advance pollinator
protection and sustainability practices,
NRPA is creating a resource
for park professionals
to
assess
their agency and parks for opportunities,
build internal and crosscutting
teams to advance mutual
goals aligned with this work, and
develop resources, policies
and
tools to help along the way. It will
be available in the winter of 2023,
and we are looking forward to
helping you and your agency.
Michele White is Senior Program Manager of
Conservation at NRPA (mwhite@nrpa.org).
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