Parks for Pollinators 2020: DuPage Monarch Project BioBlitz Sept. 12 – 20
Celebrate pollinators by sharing your photos using iNaturalist Sept. 12 – 20
Join us for the "Parks for Pollinators 2020: DuPage Monarch Project" Bioblitz Sept. 12 – 20
Pollinators are a vital component of our ecosystem, and an essential link to the world's food supply. The last 30 years has seen a steady decline of pollinators (such as bees, bats and butterflies) at an alarming rate of 30% annually — making it vital to take action to protect pollinators.
The DuPage Forest Preserve District and members of the DuPage Monarch Project invite nature fans to join the "Parks for Pollinators Bioblitz" Sept. 12 – 20 as part of a national campaign to raise public awareness of these important animals.
To participate, simply take photos Sept. 12 – 20 of any pollinators you see — hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, etc. — in a DuPage County forest preserve or park and upload them to the free iNaturalist app.
1. Download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone, and create an account. Make sure to let the app use your location so it can record where you take each photo.
2. When you’re ready, select “Observe” under the camera icon at the bottom, and snap your photo.
3. Select “Next” and then “Share.” Once your photo uploads, you’re done, or you can upload more!
Ecologists from the DuPage Monarch Project will be able to review your images and get a better idea of what's going on in wild DuPage!
Organized by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, the “Parks for Pollinators Bioblitz” also positions parks as national leaders in advancing pollinator health.