iNaturalist City Nature Challenge

Link to the SignUp Genius:  Challenge Event at Seabourne Creek Nature Park

 

Our chapter is going to be participating in the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge for Houston.  This challenge is a competition between cities in Texas to see who can record the most species on iNaturalist.  We are planning on having at least 1 iNaturalist training outing and one or more events in the April  14-18th time period of the challenge. This will be a fun event and you will learn how to use iNaturalist!  There will be trainings in Houston as well.  Jessica Jubin  and Amber Leung are our chapter leaders for this.  You can contact them for more information as they know it.

The information below is from the houston website https://houstonprairie.org/2017houCNC/

What is this all about?
Houston, Austin, and DFW are competing in the City Nature Challenge to see which city can find the most species and post the most observations to iNaturalist between April 14-18, inclusive. Go to Houston’s project, join it, and post your observations there between April 14-18: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2017-houston. For more information and to follow the progress of the competition during the 5 challenge days, go to http://tpwd.texas.gov/naturechallenge.

You don’t need to identify what you see: “Just take a picture of a plant or animal, post it to [our project on] iNaturalist and the online community will help accurately identify the species.” Creatures big and small, natives and non-natives – all counts. There is selection for “cultivated” to designate photos of things that are planted by humans, etc.

Where & when?
Any observation between April 14-18, inclusive, in the Greater Houston Area Counties: Harris, Galveston, Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Austin.

Note: This span of five days includes Easter on April 16th and Tax Day on April 17th. Do do your taxes in advance so you will have more time to participate!

How?

iNaturalist Training (sponsored by Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston, Coastal Prairie Partnership, and Houston Chapter – Native Prairies Association of Texas):

Monday, March 20, 6:30 pm to ~8:30 pm at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055 (Google map).  Jenn Drummond, Texas Master Naturalist of Gulf Coast Chapter will be teaching. Coming shortly is a constant contact sign up page. Until then, email Lan.shen@txgcmn.org to sign up.  Seating limited, so if you sign up and cannot come, please let us know to release your seat to others.

Some of the organized Events between April 14-18. (Email Lan.shen@txgcmn.org, if you want your event, open to the public, to be posted here)

  • Friday, March 14 at Memorial Park Prairie. More info TBA
  • Saturday, March 15 at Deer Park Prairie. More info TBA

Or make observations on your own or with a few friends in your yard, or in a park, etc. and post to Houston’s project on iNaturalist.

More Information Links:

Main links from above:
Houston’s project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2017-houston
Main Challenge website: http://tpwd.texas.gov/naturechallenge

Other links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/257551441366716/
Flyer in pdf: to be uploaded
Information blog at this website: houstonprairie.org/2017/03/03/city-nature-challenge-apr14-18/
Information blog in printable pdf sheet: hnpat.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/citynaturechallenge.pdf
Flyer + iNaturalist instructions all in pdf: (a conversion of TPWD’s power point to pdf for those without Microsoft office): to be uploaded

This is a voluntary activity, but you will receive VSP for your time.  

 

 

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