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VH (In-Person) CITY NATURE CHALLENGE 2021
May 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
One event on May 1, 2021 at 9:00 am
One event on May 2, 2021 at 8:30 am
One event on May 2, 2021 at 9:00 am
One event on May 3, 2021 at 9:00 am
Spring is here and so is the annual 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.
Observations in our local area will automatically be included in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex count. The first day is TOMORROW! See information below on how to participate, including planned BPTMN group outings. Let’s do this!
Event: City Nature Challenge 2021: 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 during April 30 – May 3. It is easy to participate by joining an event or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app. With 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. You can also help with IDs for other people’s observations to increase our species count, come to a Bioblitz, or even hold your own event!
*NOTE: While Texas Master Naturalist members are encouraged to make iNaturalist observations in public spaces, the 2021 CNC allows for observations on personal property in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those that are still not comfortable leaving home, this is a great opportunity to earn Volunteer Hours (VH).
Observations: Friday, April 30 through Monday, May 3, 2021
Identification of Observations: Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 9.
Work Plan: (1) Document plants and animals using the iNaturalist platform. (April 30-May 3) (See information below to sign up for an iNaturalist account.) (2) Make identifications of other’s observations of plants and animals in the iNaturalist platform (May-4-9)
Location: You can start in your yard, nearby public areas, or join a BPTMN Group Outing (See schedule below).
Logging VH: Time spent making observations and uploading photos should be logged under BPTMN: Blackland Prairie iNaturalist Project: TMN Field Research hours. Time spent curating and making ID’s should be logged as BPTMN: Blackland Prairie iNaturalist Project: Species ID and Curation (non-field work). Reminder: No more than 12 hours may be logged in one or more VH/AT opportunities per day.
BPTMN Contacts: BPTMN iNaturalist Team: Lisa Travis email@example.com, Jean Suplick firstname.lastname@example.org, Valerie Dalton email@example.com, Sharla Stack firstname.lastname@example.org, Janice James email@example.com
Links for more information:
CNC 2021 BPTMN Group iNaturalist Outings
Sign Up to Participate: BPTMN: City Nature Challenge 2021 (signupgenius.com)
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve 9:30am – 12:00pm
6701 W Parker Rd, Plano, TX 75093
Frisco Commons Park 9:00am – 12:00pm
8000 McKinney Rd, Frisco, TX 75034
05/02/2021 (Sun. AM)
Oak Point Nature Preserve 8:30am – 11:30am
5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano, TX 75074
05/02/2021 (Sun. PM)
Mothing at Beaver Run Park 9:00pm – 10:30pm
110 Elisabeth Way, Fairview, TX 75069
Stewart Creek Wetlands 9:00am – 12:00pm
Teel Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034
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!
- Visit iNaturalist.org
- Download the app from the AppStore or Google Play
- Sign In
- Start sharing your observations.
- Get feedback from actual scientists, experts, and other naturalists.
Texas Master Naturalist Blackland Prairie Chapter