Journal archives for February 2020

February 10, 2020

Event on March 10 in Ann Arbor!

Are you excited to join the City Nature Challenge, but you've never used iNaturalist before? Are you a casual user, but would like tips on how to get the best ID photos? Join the City Nature Challenge 2020: Ann Arbor organizers at a morning event with The Stewardship Network to learn more about iNaturalist and how to take better photos on your device! The Stewards' Circle is free to the public, with food and drink available for purchase from Bruegger's Bagels. The event will take place at Bruegger's Bagels at 709 N University Ave in Ann Arbor beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running until 8:30 a.m. Find more information about this and other events at

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February 13, 2020

More Activities in March and April!

For those who would like to learn more about the City Nature Challenge and how to participate, we're offering a series of webinars:

1. What is CNC? Tues 3 March, 6 – 7 pm
An overview and history of CNC, its goals, the local project, and how to participate.
2. How to Use iNaturalist for the CNC, Tues 17 March, 6 – 7 pm
How to use the online observation app to make and upload observations before and during the CNC, and how to identify your own and others' observations.
3. How to Take Good iNat Photos, Tues 7 April, 6 – 7 pm
Tips and tricks for taking photos that support good accurate IDs for various types of organisms. It's
not focused on using your camera, but on photographing the organism's identifying characteristics.
4. Where to Go to Bioblitz for CNC, Tues 21 April, 6 – 7 pm
We'll review the comprehensive list of publicly-accessible green spaces we've assembled and talk
about strategies for observing

Webinars are like watching videos online, except that it's live action. At the start time, go to the link provided, and choose Use Computer Audio to send the sound through your speakers. Or phone in with the number and meeting ID provided below. You'll see a series of slides, with a presenter talking, and you'll have an opportunity to ask questions and contribute your own insights. All sessions will be recorded and posted so you can see them even if you can't attend.

The dial-in info is: Either join with computer audio,
or call in on your phone +1 929 436 2866 ; Meeting ID: 353 604 4913

Do you have ideas for other webinars? Especially if you have expertise you're willing to share?! Please let us know and we'll try to schedule it.

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February 14, 2020

Be Sure to Confirm When You Subscribe to the Project!

Be aware that when you click on the Join button at the top of the project landing page, it will take you to another page. There is a confirmation button that must be clicked in order for your subscription to take. It may be off the bottom of your screen, so be sure to look for it.

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February 20, 2020

What is a bioblitz?

Hey all,

You may be wondering what exactly a bioblitz is now that we're getting closer to the event! To be precise, a bioblitz is a period of intense biological surveying that attempts to record all living species within a certain area. These blitzes often involve collaboration with as many people as possible, which means connecting with the public and inviting everyone! Everyone benefits from nature, and every contribution that a person makes to bioblitzes across the globe helps scientists understand the diversity and abundance of species we have on our beautiful blue and green planet.

This project is specifically targeting wild and uncultivated organisms, so I challenge you all to visit one new natural area and find one species you've never identified before during the event! Will you rise to the occasion?

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February 27, 2020

Webinar 3 March, 6 – 7 pm: All About the CNC Bioblitz and How You Can Be Part of It!

Learn about the City Nature Challenge, find out how to become a citizen scientist and help document the urban (and non-urban) wildlife around us. You can join organized activities before or during the CNC, or lead an activity, such as a wildflower observation walk, or a bird watch. Or you can go out on your own, with friends or make it a family event. You can go to parks or blitz your own back yard. You can observe and photograph wildlife, or help to identify what others observe, or both.

Our local CNC covers all of Washtenaw County, with a special emphasis on the urban areas. The observation period runs 24-27 April 2020, and the identification period is 28 April – 3 May 2020.

Join us for the webinar where we’ll explain all this and a great deal more! There will be short presentation and an opportunity to ask questions. There is no need to pre-register. The session will be recorded and will be available publicly within a few days after the webinar.

When: Tues 3 March 2020, 6 – 7 pm
How: Use your computer by going to Meeting ID: 594 470 9556
Join the audio portion either through the website or by phoning +1 929 205 6099 US Meeting ID: 594 470 9556

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