Spring is here and that means it’s time for the annual iNaturalist City Nature Challenge. Started in 2016 as a competition between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the City Nature Challenge (CNC) has grown into an international event, motivating people around the world to find and document wildlife in their cities using iNaturalist.
We will be participating in the 2022 Dallas/Fort Worth challenge.
Want to get excited about this event? Read this message from Sam Kieschnick.
Event: City Nature Challenge 2022: Dallas/Fort Worth
Project: Join Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Society, and many others in a fun challenge to see which city can document the most species from April 29 – May 2, 2022.
It is easy to participate! Make observations using the iNaturalist app. You just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the community will help identify which species it is.
Any observation in the greater metropolitan area of Dallas/Fort Worth will count during the four-day challenge. You can participate by exploring the life in your backyard*, in your local park, or on a field trip with your local naturalist group (See the BPTMN outings listed below.) You can also help with IDs for other people’s observations to increase our species count.
*NOTE: While Texas Master Naturalist members are encouraged to make iNaturalist observations in public spaces, the 2022 CNC allows for observations on personal property. For those that are still not comfortable leaving home, this is a great opportunity to earn Volunteer Hours (VH) in your own backyard or front yard, or side yard!
Observations: Friday, April 29 through Monday, May 2, 2022
Identification of Observations: Through Sunday, May 8.
Location: You can start in your yard, nearby public areas, or join a BPTMN Group Outing (See schedule below).
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Links for more information:
CNC 2022 BPTMN Group iNaturalist Outings
Sign Up to Participate: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4DAFAD29A5F85-inaturalist1
Friday, April 29 – 4:00 PM
Breckinridge Park, Richardson
Saturday, April 30 – 4:00 PM
Bonnie Wenk Park, McKinney
Sunday, May 1 – 9:00 AM
Frisco Commons, Frisco
Sunday, May 1– 7:30 PM
Beaver Run Park, Fairview
Monday, May 2 – 9:00 AM
Connemara Meadow Preserve, Allen
How to Create Your iNaturalist Account:
The City Nature Challenge uses the iNaturalist platform to collect participant observations. To participate, you will need to sign up for a free iNaturalist account; all you need is a valid e-mail address and a username you create. You can enter your observations via the iNaturalist website or via the free phone apps (available for both Apple and Android phones).
It’s easy to create your own iNaturalist account!
BPTMN Communications Director