Pollinator BioBlitz 2022

June 8, 2022

Written by Amy Yarger, Butterfly Pavilion Horticulture Director

Butterfly Pavilion needs your help to count neighborhood pollinators this summer!

The Baseline community has been designed to provide habitat for pollinators, and Butterfly Pavilion regularly evaluates the progress of Pollinator District landscape goals. This summer, for the first time, Baseline residents can join in the science fun and help document the health of local pollinator populations.

What: The Pollinator BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species of pollinators as possible in Baseline over a limited time. For this project, we are including bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, and hummingbirds.

When: On Monday, June 20 from 9 am – 2 pm, Amy Yarger, Butterfly Pavilion’s Horticulture Director, will be conducting pollinator observations throughout Baseline. Feel free to ask her questions, look for pollinators, or just say hi! Thereafter, the BioBlitz will still be open via iNaturalist through the end of September 2022, so you can continue to contribute your observations all summer long.

Where: Collect observations throughout your neighborhood, including parks and streetscapes, in Baseline.

How: Download the iNaturalist app on your smartphone or tablet (https://www.inaturalist.org and available through Google Play and the Apple store), then join the Baseline Pollinators project here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/baseline-pollinators. Using iNaturalist is as easy as taking a photo with your smartphone. There are tutorials available to help you if you have questions about using iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials

If you are not able to use iNaturalist, you can still participate! Send your pollinator photos to Amy Yarger, Butterfly Pavilion horticulture director, at ayarger@butterflies.org. If possible, please note where and when you took the photo. Thanks for helping us learn more about pollinators at Baseline!