MINERAL CITY, OH… As part of the national ‘Parks for Pollinators’ campaign, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, staff from the Ohio State University Bee Lab, SWARM, and the Ohio Invasive Plants Council, will host a BioBlitz event on June 1, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Atwood Dam at 3434 State Route 212 NE in Mineral City, Ohio.
The campaign is aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of pollinators. Organized by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, the ‘Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz’ event is conducted in June to celebrate Pollinator Month.
Pollinators are a vital component of our ecosystem and an essential link to the world’s food supply. According to the White House’s Pollinators Health Task Force, over the last 30 years the United States has seen a steady decline of pollinators (such as bees, bats and butterflies) at an alarming rate of 30 percent annually, making it vital to take action on pollinator protection.
“Protecting pollinator species has never been more critical. As key stewards of our public lands, parks and recreation have an amazing opportunity to lead on this issue,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. “This June we are challenging our membership to educate and engage their public in pollinator focused citizen science by hosting BioBlitz events in their parks. Thanks to our partnership with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, park agencies who participate have the chance to win $1,000 to support the creation of pollinator habitat in parks.”
“This BioBlitz engages community members in a nature-based event that will help develop an understanding of local wildlife and habitats. The information we will gather will help us understand how we can better protect pollinators and other important wildlife in our community,” said Grace Trimble, Natural Resource Specialist for the Corps of Engineers.
As part of the BioBlitz at Atwood Dam, participants will be observing pollinators, invasive species, and native species in the newly developed pollinator habitat.
Promoting pollinator health includes protecting against the decline and death of pollinators, such as honey bees and other insects, and increasing their habitat.
To learn more about Parks for Pollinators, visit www.nrpa.org/parks4pollinators.
To learn more about NRPA, visit www.nrpa.org.