‘The challenge is an opportunity for residents to enjoy nature while making important discoveries that will help scientists to better understand and protect nature.’
News from the City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario
Posted April 28th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
St. Catharines residents are set to take on one of the world’s largest citizen science events by joining the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge once again this spring.
From April 29 to May 2, residents will participate in an intense weekend of biological surveying as they join citizens from across the globe in the four-day bio blitz.
The challenge is an opportunity for residents to enjoy nature while making important discoveries that will help scientists to better understand and protect nature. Participants will record and submit as many species as possible within the St. Catharines boundary followed by a week of identifying what was found using the free iNaturalist app.
The competition began back in 2016 between the community science teams at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences. Since then, it has grown into an international event that continues to motivate cities around the globe to document wildlife.
Over 1.2 million observations were made in 2021. Over 400 cities, including St. Catharines, are expected to contribute to the important international database of urban biodiversity in 2022.
Challenge results will be announced on Monday, May 9, 2022.
Find more information at stcatharines.ca/citynaturechallenge
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