San Diego needs your help to win the 2018 City Nature Challenge, a worldwide competition to see which city can make the most observations of their local flora and fauna over a 4-day period. And San Diego is one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world, so we should have this in the bag!

From April 27-30, 2018, the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is spearheading our local effort to document as many species as possible via iNaturalist. Not familiar with the app? Not to worry, it’s super user-friendly. All you have to do is:
1. Download the free iNaturalist app to your Android or iPhone
2. Join the 2018 City Nature Challenge: San Diego iNaturalist project
3. Take photos from April 27-30 to make observations of wild plants and animals in San Diego (in your backyard, at a park, etc.)
4. Upload your photos to iNaturalist
5. Learn more as the iNaturalist community helps identify your observations

The 2018 City Nature Challenge begins Friday, April, 27 at 12 AM PT and ends Monday, April 30 at 11:59 PM PT. The annual event is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.

Are you a social butterfly? If so, we welcome you to participate in one of the many City Nature Challenge events we have scheduled around the county:
• Balboa Park BioBlitz | Saturday, April 28, 11AM–3PM
• Nat Cayoneer Hikes| Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29
• San Diego River Park Foundation BioBlitz at Boulder Creek Preserve | Saturday, April 28, 8:30AM
• Earth Discovery Institute BioBlitz at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge | Friday, April 27, 9AM
• Mission Trails Regional Nature Walks | Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29
• Tijuana Estuary Nature Walks| Saturday, April 28
• Hike San Diego Hike| Saturday, April 28

Check back in April 2018 for an updated list of events.

What do we consider wild plants and animals?
Examples of things that are wild: birds flying through a yard, bees and insects visiting flowers, plants growing without irrigation in areas, such as canyons and open spaces.
Examples of things that are not wild: domestic animals like dogs and horses, captive animals at the zoo, planted trees, flowers and the like.

The City Nature Challenge is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.

March Partner meetings and iNaturalist tutorials

We have decided on two dates for partner meetings/iNat tutorials.
They will be held in the J.W. Sefton Boardroom at The Nat.
Follow the links below for more information and to RSVP.
Please feel free to share with anyone you think would be interested in attending.

Monday, March 12 1-3PM

Wednesday, March 14 2-4PM

Thanks to all who helped us decide with by taking our Doodle poll.

Posted on March 02, 2018 01:33 AM by lmarino lmarino | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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