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CONSERVATION
Anyone can sign up to host an
NRPA BioBlitz to receive toolkits
with all the resources needed to
run the event.
A BioBlitz Event for Any Environment
By Tamara Aquino Cespedes, CPRP, and Karyn Molines
P
ollinators are essential to maintaining healthy habitats. The
BioBlitz brings community members together to find, identify
and document as many pollinator species as possible within a
defined area and timeframe. These events can be tailored to fit
any environment, from a city pocket park to an expansive rural landscape.
Park and recreation professionals from various locations and settings, such
as Dallas and Calvert County, Maryland, are hosting BioBlitz events that
leverage community science to provide critical pollinator data, enhance environmental
education and inform overall conservation efforts.
Dallas BioBlitz Engages
Youth With Nature
As an urban center, Dallas Park and
Recreation provides a vast array of
services to its community, ranging
from protecting natural resources to
programming and activities, and so
much more. The agency's recreation
professionals understand the importance
of their impact, and when these
professionals who are after-school
leaders, senior aerobic instructors or
league organizers also take on the role
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of conservation advocates, that displays
an impactful message: each of
us has an active responsibility for taking
care of our parks and open spaces.
Moreover, park and recreation
professionals can put their own spin
on these efforts to ensure they are
meaningful to the communities being
served. Anyone can sign up to
host an NRPA BioBlitz to receive
toolkits with all the resources needed
to run the event. In Dallas, what
made the experience better was
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partnering up with a city employee
who had advanced knowledge of
pollinators. With these tools, Dallas
Park and Recreation hosted a campaign
using a Pokémon Go theme
that resonated with kids and encouraged
them to " collect them all " - it
featured images of pollinators for
the iNaturalist database, rather than
Pokémon. Providing youth a creative
way to engage with nature with
messaging that is familiar was key.
Information collected from the
BioBlitz is now helping other Dallas
Park and Recreation employees
understand the biodiversity within
Dallas parks. The city's skyscraper
buildings and iconic skyline can be
complemented with the integration
of green spaces for pollinators and urban
wildlife. The community science
data will help with efforts to ensure
healthy ecosystems are maintained
PHOTO COURTESY OF KARYN MOLINES

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