Residents can witness or help document insect species at a BioBlitz event in New Ulm, June 22, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The event provides an opportunity for the public to shadow or assist scientists and naturalists as they inventory the living organisms in a one-day field study.
The field day provides a snapshot of all living organisms in the park and helps enrich the knowledge researchers have on a particular species they study.
“These BioBlitz events can be valuable contributors to our knowledge base,” said DNR regional ecologist Megan Benage. “We hope to learn what types of organisms, especially pollinators, are living in the New Ulm Pollinator Park.”
The event begins at 1 p.m. and will take place rain or shine. After the completion, participants are encouraged to help with a park clean-up and weed-pulling project. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants along with appropriate footwear are recommended.
“People of all experience levels are welcome,” said DNR naturalist Addeline Theis. “We only require curiosity and enthusiasm.”
Participants are also encouraged to bring their smartphone to help document species.
New Ulm’s Pollinator Park, located at 2550 North Broadway, was first planted with native grasses and wildflowers in 2016.