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VSP: City Nature Challenge 2022: Houston-Galveston – 4/29/2022 – 5/2/2022

April 29, 2022 - May 2, 2022



“Join The Nature Conservancy in Texas, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Galveston Bay Foundation, Houston Audubon Society, Texas Master Naturalists, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and over 30 other wonderful groups for a fun challenge to observe and record wild species from April 29 – May 2, 2022. It is easy to participate by 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 Houston will count during the four-day challenge. You can participate by exploring the life in your backyard (and use the hashtag #backyardchallenge on social media), in your neighborhood park, or from an apartment balcony or courtyard. You can also help with IDs for other people’s observations to increase our species count.
REMEMBER: Please observe safe social distancing to protect you, your neighbors, and your loved ones from Covid-19. More information on safety during the challenge can be found at https://citynaturechallenge.org/covid19/. Ideas for exploring around your home can be found here: https://citynaturechallenge.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Exploring-Nature-in-and-around-your-home.pdf.
The City Nature Challenge is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.”

Per the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department:

“Take the City Nature Challenge!

Join Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy and others in a fun challenge to see which city can document the most species. It is easy to participate by joining an event or making observations on your own using iNaturalist — sign up on iNaturalist.org and download the App for your device: iNaturalist for iOS and iNaturalist for Android.

This year, more people than ever will get to join the fun and learning. We are extremely excited to welcome a new metropolitan area, Tyler/East Texas, to this friendly competition. This year you can participate even if you don’t live in one of the metro areas. iNaturalist is introducing a global challenge for everyone — City Nature Challenge 2022 Global Project. Simply click on the link, join the project and you are ready to join the fun.

With the iNaturalist App, you just take a picture of a plant or animal and the community will help identify what species it is.

Any observation made during the four days of the event in the greater metropolitan area of each city will count towards the 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.

 To find out if your metro area is participating, check the list below and get involved! Not only is this a competition between metropolitan areas across Texas, cities across the world are participating — let’s show them what we’ve got! Be sure to check out the City Nature Challenge Website to see the list of global participants.

 For answers to your questions or for more information, contact our Texas Nature Tracker biologists at tracker@tpwd.texas.gov.

 If you’re new to iNaturalist, learn more with the iNaturalist Getting Started Guide.

 Join the City Nature Challenge Facebook Event.”


TMN COVID-19 Precautions: “For any indoor or outdoor activities that do occur in-person, masks and social distancing considerations are encouraged.”

Fort Bend County COVID-19 Green Advisement: “Resume normal contact with others unless sick. Resume attending public and private gatherings freely. Resume visiting vulnerable populations while practicing good hygiene and social distancing.” The Green risk description follows: “Minimum and controlled level of COVID-19 in Fort Bend County. New chains of transmission are rare.”

[VSP hours to be recorded in VMS under the category “iNaturalist, eBird and other Citizen Science: TMN Report Hours”]


April 29, 2022
May 2, 2022
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