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Date:
September 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Time:
All Day
Location:
VIRTUAL
Address:
Columbia, TN 38401
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Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz

Tuesday, September 1, 2020


Join Maury County Parks & Recreation and parks throughout the country in a fun challenge to see how many pollinator species can be documented this September. With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a pollinator (bee, butterfly, bat, etc.) or flowering plant, and the community will help identify the species. You can participate by exploring nature and wildlife in Maury County, Tennessee (we recommend your local county and city parks - of course!) Any observation you make will count during our event.

WHEN: September 1-30th, 2020

WHERE: Maury County, Tennessee

WHAT: A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time to create a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity. We are hosting a VIRTUAL event - so you can make your observations anytime, anywhere (as long as it's in Maury County)!

HOW: Download the iNaturalist app (https://www.inaturalist.org) on your mobile device and create an account. Anytime in September 2020, go out and observe pollinators (bees, butterflies, bats, etc.) or flowering plants in Maury County. Snap photos, identify the organism as best as you can, add your location, and save your observation.

USING THE APP: This video (https://vimeo.com/162581545) walks you through the simple process of taking a photo, identifying species, adding detail, and sharing it to iNaturalist.

WHAT EXACTLY DO I TAKE PHOTOS OF? Whatever is interesting to you, and whatever you think you can get a pretty good close-up photograph of. It is generally important to document invasive and exotic species as well as natives so don’t worry too much about how “special” or “rare” a plant or animal is. You are trying to get a representative sample of the entire place, not just the best parts. Diversity is important, too, so look for things you personally haven’t yet photographed. If you can, take several photographs of one object to show different features — bark, leaves, seeds, flowers, etc. — as well as the whole plant. Sometimes this is the only way to make a definite identification.

SUGGESTIONS ON PLACES TO GO? You can participate by exploring nature and wildlife anywhere in Maury County! Your backyard, Yanahli Park, Maury County Park, Chickasaw Trace Park, Williams Spring Park, your community park...any observation you make in Maury County will count! Just make sure to mark the location when uploading your photos to iNaturalist.

Note: Please be mindful of social distancing while recording your observations

Questions? Contact Elisabeth McClain at emcclain@maurycounty-tn.gov

Follow along with observations at: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/parks-for-pollinators-2020-maury-county-parks-and-recreation