Welcome and Events!

Have you heard? April 30 through May 3, the Greater Phoenix Area will participate in the 2021 City Nature Challenge. This is a global effort to observe and document as much urban biodiversity as possible while engaging in community science. Using iNaturalist, anyone can get involved and share observations, anywhere from neighborhoods to local parks. Over 300 cities around the globe participate in this event and every year it gets bigger. This is the first year the Greater Phoenix Area will be part of the international challenge and it is co-organized by the Metro Phoenix EcoFlora, City of Chandler-Community Services and Educating Children Outdoors. We also have many great collaborators joining in on the fun. This is an important event for our state and will highlight the amazing biodiversity we have in the Sonoran Desert. Let's show the world that our desert is not a barren wasteland!

If you are not able to get out and make observations, you're outside of the Greater Phoenix Area, or you enjoy the challenge of identifying species more, you can help identify observations on iNaturalist from May 4-9.

Our neighbors in Greater Tucson and Albuquerque are also participating and we will be in a friendly competition together. Winner gets bragging rights! We are super supportive of one another, after all we are both interested in the same goals.

Results of the challenge will be announced on May 10!
There will be prizes given for the most observations made, most species observed and for the top identifier in our area!

Happenings will be added throughout the month of April, so be sure to check the website for the latest updates on webinars, events and trainings. Visit our website.
Click here to join the challenge.
Interested in collaborating with us? Please email greaterphxcnc@googlegroups.com.

While practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and following recommended safety guidelines, the 2021 City Nature Challenge is a great way to spend time and destress while learning about urban biodiversity. Learn more at citynaturechallenge.org/



EVENTS

SIPS WITH SCIENTISTS: KEN-ICHI UEDA
Apr. 13 | 6 p.m. MST
Ken-ichi has been fascinated by nature for as long as he can recall. He used to horrify his mom by waltzing into the house holding snakes and salamanders to show her. Eventually, he translated that love into a degree in biology. Since then, he’s worked as a GIS technician, web developer, and wildlife technician. iNaturalist grew out of the belief that he might not be alone in his desire to combine nature and the Web. iNat has rendered that belief unnecessary. In his spare time, he enjoys watching TV shows with spaceships.
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SCIENCE CAFÉ with CHANDLER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Apr. 14 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. MST
The Metro Phoenix EcoFlora will be presenting for Chandler Library and the Chandler Environmental Education Center on how to be a citizen scientist and why data collected by the community is important. Learn how you can be a citizen scientist in the upcoming City Nature Challenge, where you can help collect information on the nature around us.
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COMMUNITY SCIENCE FOR EDUCATORS with AZ GAME and FISH
Apr. 14 | 4-5 p.m. MST
Join educators from the Arizona Game and Fish Department as we explore iNaturalist and other digital citizen science tools. Through iNaturalist, educators and students can document animals and plants that they see anywhere in the world, including their own neighborhood. By using existing features within the program, teachers can create class projects that can connect student observations, even if they aren't in the same room! They can even contribute to other projects hosted by both professional and amateur scientists from around the world. Webinar will last approximately 1 hour. All participants will receive access to resources and a professional development certificate upon completion of the program.
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CNC INFO SESSION with EDUCATING CHILDREN OUTDOORS
Apr. 17 | 5-7 p.m. MST
Kathy Balman, director of Educating Children Outdoors will be hosting a Zoom info session to cover what the City Nature Challenge is, how you can help us, and how to use iNaturalist to submit your observations.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
We hope to see you there!
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AZNPS PHOENIX CHAPTER: CITY NATURE CHALLENGE
Apr. 18 | 3-4 p.m. MST
Jeny Davis, coordinator of the Desert Botanical Garden’s Metro Phoenix EcoFlora will share details about the City Nature Challenge, a global competition which takes place from April 30th to May 3rd. Participants use iNaturalist to document and identify as many plants, animals, and other living things that they can find. This year is the first time metro Phoenix is part of the City Nature Challenge, so join in and help our region come out on top!
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BIOBLITZ CHALLENGE: DESERT MUSEUM STYLE!
May 1
If you don't live in the Phoenix area and want to join the CNC we have great news, our southern friends are also part of this amazing challenge. Gather your friends, family, and fellow nature nerds for a day of searching, scouting and documenting the wild species at the Desert Museum! We will BioBlitz in a day — what surprise animals or plants can you find? The Desert Museum is joining in the 2021 Greater Tucson Area City Nature Challenge (CNC). CNCs have been growing in major cities in the past couple years as a way to connect to the outdoors, document biodiversity, build community, and data sets. Must pay general admission to the museum.
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GILBERT RIPARIAN PRESERVE YOUTH BIOBLITZ
May 3 | 1 p.m. at Gilbert Riparian Preserve
Come join Educating Children Outdoors on May 3rd (the last day of the challenge) at Gilbert Riparian Preserve to log as many observations as we can. This park is a birding and wildlife hot spot. We will meet at the pavilion by the lake which is across from the restrooms. Please RSVP so we know to expect you, we will send an email reminder a few days before the event with further details. We will also have digital cameras available that children can borrow if they don't have a cellphone or camera of their own.
Please email Kathy Balman at ecoexplorersatl@gmail.com if you have any questions.

CNC VIRTUAL ID PARTY
May 6 | 6 p.m. MST
Join us during the second half of the City Nature Challenge for a virtual identification party! We need to identify as many observations as possible that were made during the challenge. We can work together to make sure our observations reach research grade by May 9. Bring your favorite beverage and snacks and let's make identifications together!
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CNC IN-PERSON ID PARTY
May 8 | 9-11 a.m. at at Chandler Environmental Education Center
Join us for a City Nature Challenge Identification Party! If you didn’t have a chance to submit observations you can still help out. The identification of species does require some knowledge and background of flora and fauna but those looking to get more insight on observations are still welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required as capacity is limited for this event. Proper face masks will be required and worn, and we will practice social distancing.
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Posted by jenydavis jenydavis, April 13, 2021 21:50

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