Plano’s Pollinator Project

Plano citizens can take part in the national project of promoting and strengthening the population of pollinators according to a Community Impact news article from August 27. In it they say, 

“The national effort, which is organized by the National Recreation and Parks Association, aims to find and document pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, according to an Aug. 27 news release from the city.

More than 75% of the world’s flowering plants and 35% of the world’s crops rely on pollinators; however, many are now endangered or extinct, per the release. The goal of The Pollinators Bioblitz is to create and restore native habitats.”

Pollinators are very important and crucial for us and the environment according to this National Park Service article,

“One out of every three bites of food you eat exists because of the efforts of pollinators, including many fruits, vegetables, and seeds. Pollinators not only are necessary for our own food, but support the food and habitat of animals.

Healthy ecosystems depend on pollinators. At least 75 percent of all the flowering plants on earth are pollinated by insects and animals! This amounts to more than 1,200 food crops and 180,000 different types of plants—plants which help stabilize our soils, clean our air, supply oxygen, and support wildlife.”

A Dallas Morning News article from August 30 listed the instructions on how to participate in the national project. They posted,

  • “Download the iNaturalist app and create your profile.
  • Join the Plano Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz project page.
  • Go outside and observe.
  • Take a clear, full-frame photo of an individual organism. Look for butterflies, moths, ants, bees, wasps, and other insects.
  • Upload your observation to the Plano project page.”

Additional instructions specifically for children were posted in a Facebook post by Plano Parks and Recreation,

“Kids can also use the Seek app to share their findings. This child-safe app developed by iNaturalist allows kids to discover the natural world by identifying plants and animals while earning badges along the way!

What to look for:

  • Ants
  • Bats
  • Bees
  • Beetles
  • Birds
  • Butterflies
  • Flies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Moths
  • Plants
  • Wasps”

According to the INaturalist website, over 1,132 observations have been made. 738 or 65.18% of those observations were already confirmed to be pollinators! More and more observations are still being made as the project encourages adults and children alike to participate and make an impact in helping the environment.

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