As you’ve probably heard, over the last couple decades, pollinator species have been having a rough time. Between loss of habitat and insecticides, their numbers have been teetering on the edge. As a result, scientists have been urging people to plant milkweed and other native nectar plants for butterflies, bees, beetles, moths, flies, some bats & hummingbirds. Additionally, there has been a call to reduce the use of pesticides on lawns and yard plants. But did you know that there is also another thing you can do to help pollinators? You can help by being a citizen scientist and documenting your pollinator sightings in the upcoming Texas Pollinator Bioblitz!
What is a citizen scientist? A Citizen Scientist is an amateur scientist who voluntarily contributes effort toward scientific research under the direction of professional scientists.
On October 4th through October 20th is the Texas Pollinator Bioblitz. This event gives you the opportunity to help scientists collect data about the pollinators and pollinator plants that you see where you live, work and play. It’s easy and fun, and folks of all ages are encouraged to participate.
How to join in:
- Register HERE to be an official member of the Bioblitz and receive cool information on pollinators throughout the challenge.
- During October 4th through October 20th take pictures of pollinators and pollinator plants in Texas. You can take your pictures and videos anywhere as long as they are in Texas.
- You can post your pictures or videos into the project in the following ways
Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what species you are seeing, just take the picture and post it on the platform of your choice. Scientist and knowledgeable volunteers will help identify it.
This Bioblitz will not only give data to scientists about what type of pollinators you are seeing, but it will give them more insight into species that have conservation needs such as the Monarchs and around 30 other pollinator species.
This is a great activity to take part in. Not only is the data contributing to the conservation of these important creatures but it is a fun way to learn about what pollinators you have in your neighborhood.
Happy pollinator hunting!