CITY OF NEWPORT
HOSTING BIOBLITZ DURING SEPTEMBER
Thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, the City of Newport Parks and Recreation Department will be 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 observe and identify pollinators and pollinator plants 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 our area – ants, beetles, butterflies, moths, flies, bats, bees, hummingbirds, and even slugs can be pollinators. For pollinator plants, any plant that has flowers or fruits is a pollinator plant. Conifers and evergreen trees spread pollen on the wind, and do not 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 on your cellphone, participants can search projects for “Parks4PollinatorsNewport2022” 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 Parks4PollinatorsNewport2022 project. The data will be used to provide information about pollinators, which are essential to our ecosystem, our food crop production, and will help us understand how to better protect pollinators and other important wildlife in Lincoln County.
There will be a family friendly event at the Clubhouse at Frank Wade Park on Saturday September 10, from1 P.M. until 4 P.M. We will have information about the project and answer questions about the plants and animals you may find when making your observations. We will lead a hike on the Ocean to Bay Trail, starting at Big Creek Park at 3 P.M. to identify pollinators and make observations
Questions about how to participate should be directed to Anita Albrecht at A.Albrecht@NewportOregon.gov
Keep an eye on the City of Newport Parks and Recreation Facebook page for more information.
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