The Town of North Hempstead is encouraging residents to participate in data collection for the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project and the Empire State Native Pollinator Survey.
This spring, pollinators like bees begin to emerge from the overwintering and monarch butterflies will soon be migrating to Long Island, meaning the City will be participating in these community-based science research projects to help learn more about these important animals, including several. are in decline.
“The city is dedicated and committed to these community-based science research projects that have brought attention to pollinators here in North Hempstead and across the country,” said North Hempstead supervisor Judi Bosworth. “These creatures are so important in our daily lives, and the data about them is invaluable. We encourage you to participate in these educational and enlightening projects for the whole family.
The MLMP is a collaborative effort of the Monarch Joint Venture and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum that uses volunteers from across the United States and Canada to collect long-term data on distribution and abundance of the monarch during the breeding season.
To volunteer for this project, you will need to choose a site, such as your garden or a local park (with permission), that contains milkweed plants and monitor them once a week. Participants will search for monarch butterfly eggs, larvae and pupae.
Project monitoring allows residents to get outside and learn more about the monarchs and other wildlife that inhabit our area. The city monitors the Clark Botanic Garden’s pollinator garden every week, from June until fall, when monarchs stop laying to prepare for migration to Mexico for the winter.
The ESNPS, administered by the NY Natural Heritage Program in partnership with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, aims to determine the conservation status of a variety of pollinating insects native to the state. from New York.
With many pollinator species in decline, the aim of this survey is to provide a more concrete picture of the state of pollinating insects.
Surveying for the project involves taking photos of bees, flies, moths, beetles and wasps seen pollinating the flowers. This can be done in your own garden or anywhere else with flowering plants. The City is participating in the project by surveying several pollinator gardens in its parks.
To participate in MLMP, visit: monarchjointventure.org/mlmp. The City is also looking for volunteers to participate in the project by monitoring milkweed in certain pollinator gardens in our parks. Interested participants can email Sustain@northhempsteadny.gov or call 311.
To participate in ESNPS, visit: nynhp.org/projects/pollinators.
Additionally, for more information on how to attract and help monarchs and other pollinators in your own garden, visit: northhempsteadny.gov/sustainability.