What is a BioBlitz?

‘Bio’ means ‘life’ and ‘Blitz’ means ‘to do something quickly and intensively’. Together they make ‘BioBlitz’ — a collaborative race against the clock to discover as many species as possible within a set location during a defined time period.

What is the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz?

The Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz is a national effort for people to find and document pollinator friendly plants and pollinators across the country in partnership with their local park and recreation agency. It’s a national campaign to see who can make the most observations, engage the most people and promote pollinator awareness and education. The results not only make an impact for awareness of pollinators nationally and for those that participate, but also helps agencies know what pollinator and plant species
are in their parks and helps them plan for how to protect them and promote biodiversity.

The Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz is organized by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) with support from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation.

The Elkhart County BioBlitz happening this September is part of this amazing, national effort.

How to join...

  1. Download the free iNaturalist app onto your phone.
  2. Create an account and join the “Parks for Pollinators 2022: Elkhart County Parks” project.
  3. Create new observations by snapping a photo of any insect or plant you see (within Elkhart County).  No need to identify it….that is what the iNaturalist community will help with.
  4. Submit your observations and that’s it!  You are now a citizen scientist!

Check out the project page to see what others in the BioBlitz are finding and remember submissions can only take place for the month of September (September 1-30, 2022).

Steps can also be found here.

A little inspiration...

Get out there, explore, snap some photos and become a citizen scientist!