Interested in some fun citizen science you can do during shelter-in-place, within your own neighborhood? The EV is encouraging people to join the 2020 City Nature Challenge Bioblitz taking place from April 24th to 27th. For those who don’t know, a bioblitz uses the free iNaturalist program (available on smartphones or from your computer) to use uploaded images of plants and animals to scientifically useful data. The City Nature Challenge aims to capture data about animals and plants that live in our urban environments.
For those who don’t know how to use iNaturalist, our tutorial is here.
What to do: If you live in the Bay Area, simply go into your backyard or neighborhood from April 24th to 27th and take pictures of every living thing you can find! Upload your images to iNaturalist under the group “City Nature Challenge 2020”. If you don’t know the name for everything that you’ve identified, that’s okay! Volunteer Naturalist teams will work from April 28 to May 3rd to identify everything that has been uploaded.
More information on how to participate during shelter in place, both for the bioblitz and identifying species, can be found here.
Remember, don’t go to any spaces that are closed to the public or you are not comfortable with going to right now. Looking in your neighborhood or backyard is perfectly fine.
In addition, the EV will host a virtual chat session on April 28th, where you can join through zoom to talk and learn about what you found with others. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining this virtual session.
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