Thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, the Newport Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a bioblitz during the month of September in support of the Parks for Pollinators campaign.

What is a bioblitz? The Parks for Pollinators bioblitz is an event where community members work with park staff to observe and identify pollinators and pollinator plants in the environment in and around Newport. It doesn’t have to be in a Newport park, but if you want conduct your observations in one of Newport’s parks, you can find a list at https://newportoregon.gov/dept/par/parks.asp, or find maps at

https://newportoregon.gov/dept/par/parks-map.asp.

Just what is a pollinator or pollinator plant? It’s not just bees. Many different animals can be pollinators. In this area, ants, beetles, butterflies, moths, flies, bats, bees, hummingbirds and even slugs can be pollinators. For pollinator plants, any plant that does not spread pollen on the wind can be a pollinator plant. For example, conifers spread pollen on the wind, flowering plants need pollinators.

How is a bioblitz accomplished?  The event uses an app called iNaturalist to take pictures of plants, insects and animals to see what wildlife and plants are present in the area. After downloading the app, participants can search projects for “Parks4PollinatorsNEWPORT2021” to join the local project. The event runs throughout the month of September to provide plenty of time to get out and make observations. After making an observation, be sure to add it the Parks4PollinatorsNEWPORT2021 project. The data will be used to provide information about pollinators, which are essential to the ecosystem, and can help people understand how to better protect pollinators and other important wildlife in the community. 

There will be an introductory event at the recreation center on Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with information about the project as well as plants and animals people may find on their observations. Questions about how to participate should be directed to Anita Albrecht at A.Albrecht@NewportOregon.gov

Keep an eye on the Newport Parks and Recreation Facebook page for more information.

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