As you might know, Monday, May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity. This day is a great moment promote biodiversity by organising special activities for visitors. This year we want to go big for the Let It Grow campaign!
Over the past months we have encouraged participants to make plans for a biodiversity event at their institutions on 22 May, or the weekend of 20-21 May. We hope you have been able to plan something that suits your institution. Just in case you haven’t been able to, here are some examples of what other participants are doing.
Odense Zoo in Denmark will be hosting a 3-day event with bioblitz activities on all three days. They will also be working together with the Danish Society for Nature Conservation. Perhaps a 3-day happening is a bit to much to ask from your institution, however you might be able to organise something smaller. For example, Casa delle Farfalle di Bordano in Italy is inviting guests on a guided tour through nature, to look for native insects, butterflies, amphibia and small mammals. Or, if your institution has an area in need of sprucing up, you could invite schoolchildren over to help plant new local plant species; like Gaia Zoo in The Netherlands will be doing. Some other suggestions are:
– Building insect hotels and birdhouses with your guests.
– Host a networking and sustainability event for your community’s local businesses.
– Work with your local municipality to create ‘left spaces’ around the city and encourage visitors to help at these spaces on world Biodiversity Day.
Feel free to browse through the Resources section of the website as well, for some more inspiration. Please keep us and the rest of the Let It Grow community updated on your activities, by sending your stories, photos, and experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s keep each other inspired and Let It Grow!
Photo courtesy of West Midland Safari Park