The monarch butterfly is an important pollinator and was recently placed on the endangered species list. Did you know that pollinators are a vital component of our ecosystem and an essential link to the world’s food supply? They are responsible for the reproduction of 90% of the world’s flowering plants, including 2/3 of our crops.
Join us as we work together to search for pollinators at The Preserve using the I-Naturalist Seek App. The results not only make an impact on awareness of pollinators nationally and for those that participate, but they also help the Park District know what pollinator and plant species are in their parks and helps us plan for how to protect them and promote biodiversity.
Email Liz Ricketts @ [email protected] to sign up.
What’s a BioBlitz?
The “Parks for Pollinators” BioBlitz is an event where community members work with park staff to create a snapshot of the variety of wildlife that can be found in The Preserve. We use an app called iNaturalist to take pictures of plants, insects, and animals to see what wildlife is present in the park and provide us with more information about pollinators, which are essential to our ecosystem.
This information will help us understand how we can better protect pollinators and other important wildlife in our community.
The Parks for Pollinators is a national campaign, hosted through a partnership between the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, aiming to raise public awareness of the pollinator crisis and encourage local action through public parks and recreation.