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Posted on: September 1, 2022

BioBlitz: Parks for Pollinators

Orange and black butterfly rests on pink flower

What is a BioBlitz? It’s a month-long event supported by your local parks where community members use the iNaturalist app to create a snapshot of the variety of plants and pollinators at Folly Farm and Mullet Creek Park.

Join the City of Safety Harbor and parks throughout the country in a fun challenge to see how many pollinator species can be documented this September. It is easy to participate by joining an event or making observations on your own, using the iNaturalist app. With the iNaturalist app, you simply take a picture of a pollinator (bee, butterfly, bat, etc.) or plant, and the online community will help identify the species. You can participate by exploring the nature and wildlife in the Folly Farm Nature Preserve and Mullet Creek Park. Any observation you make will count during our event. The data collected will help our partner, Safety Harbor Garden Club, in planning and monitoring the pollinator corridor between Folly Farm Nature Preserve and Mullet Creek Park.

Park and recreation agencies from across the country will be hosting Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz events throughout the month. You can learn more about the Parks for Pollinators initiative and see which agencies are participating by visiting nrpa.org/bioblitz. The Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz is organized by the National Recreation and Park Association.

To kick off the event, come out to Folly Farm on September 9, at 7:30pm for Films at Folly featuring Flight of the Butterflies, a documentary following one of the longest migrations on Earth.

In addition to Films at Folly, Safety Harbor Recreation has more one-time events to go along with the BioBlitz:

Films at Folly

Friday, 9/9, 7:30pm, Free

Nocturnal Pollinator Party

Friday, 9/9, 9–10pm, Free

Pickin’ in the Park

Friday, 9/23 6:30–9pm, Free

Wetlands Expo

Saturday, 9/24, 9am–12pm, Free

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