Pollinator BioBlitz & Volunteer Landscaping at Schmul Park

Apr 30, 2022 9:00am

Participate in the City Nature Challenge, and join Freshkills Park and United Activities Unlimited at Schmul Park. Help support citizen science and and support the local pollinators.

Volunteers will spend some time observing and reporting the pollinators and flora found at Schmul Park. In addition, volunteers will have the opportunity to work in our pollinator garden, removing introduced nuisance species, and learning about the species planted.

This friendly competition is designed to showcase what can be accomplished when we work together, and have a better understanding of the wildlife around us. Remember, what is common today, may not have been common yesterday, and may not be abundant tomorrow.

Find Wildlife. Take a Picture. Share!

You’ll use the iNaturalist app to share and identify the different plants and animals found at Schmul Park. Our staff will be set up (by) to answer questions and provide support for using iNaturalist. With your help, we can catalogue and support the biodiversity at Schmul Park. Staff will be on site 4/30/21 from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm, however observations can be made all weekend from 4/29- 5/2.

Students who participate and report observations with Freshkills Park Staff can receive community service credit.

Learn more about iNaturalist here.

The City Nature Challenge is an international effort founded by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe.

Weekend of the BioBlitz

4/30: 9:00 am: Join fellow community scientists for a local BioBlitz at Schmul Park

All weekend: Upload observations to our project from April 29 through May 2

Register Online

Location: We will meet in Schmul Park at 9am, in the center of the Park outside the Handball courts and across from the Comfort Station.

Plan Ahead: Be “tick aware” and wear long pants, close-toed shoes, and insect repellant. Also wear a hat and bring water and a snack.  Tools, gloves, masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.

Cancellation: This project will be canceled if registration is too low, social distancing regulations change, or if there is a 60% or greater chance of rain, storms, or extreme heat on the day of the event.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Stay home and notify the event organizer if you feel sick, have tested positive for COVID-19, or came in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the 10 days prior to the event. Should you develop symptoms after registration, please cancel your registration by email. karl.vetter@parks.nyc.gov

You will find current information on NYC Parks safety guidelines here.  

Can’t make it for Spring Cleaning?  You can still help by promoting our volunteer projects with your friends and neighbors. Students can receive credit for community service hours.  We will also be adding more volunteer opportunities as the season continues.  For more information about upcoming volunteer opportunities, check out our website: www.freshkillspark.org/volunteer

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