Calling All New York City Nature Lovers

Who says New Yorkers don't love nature? Over 700 of you have observed 1,343 species of Sponges, Fish, Snails, Crabs, Clams, Insects, Birds, Mammals, Plants and Fungi. Out of 400 cities, NYC is number 11. The competition ends at midnight tonight. Can we finish ahead of Boston and North Taiwan for a spot in the top ten?

Try leaving your photos on the camera roll and uploading them later using the desktop program. Drag and drop as a batch is quicker than uploading one by one with the mobile app. You'll spend more time enjoying Nature and less time looking at your phone!

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Besides having fun, breathing fresh air and getting better acquainted with the wild inhabitants of New York, the City Nature Challenge has scientific and conservation benefits as well. In 2019, Lynette Lewis @lynalew found the Pink Ivy-Leaved Speedwell, Veronica sublobata (pictured below), a species never recorded for New York State. Here's how she described her experience....

"I went to Staten Island that day because of the City Nature Challenge! I was in college when the CNC started; Dr. Kelly O'Donnell recruits & trains Macaulay student volunteers to help. That year I was the only one who signed up to make the trek down to Staten Island. Very long commutes are nothing new for me, given my suburb is isolated from gentrified Brooklyn. But I underestimated how much time that trip would take. As a volunteer, I tried making as many observations as possible while traveling to & from events. During the CNC, my main goal is to make more observations than I did the previous year/go somewhere new. Not looking for a specific species allows me to be more open to everything around the space."

Lynette's observation was later identified by the World's Veronica expert, Dr. Dirk Albach @albach and the three of us will soon publish a paper together registering the species for New York State.

The May EcoQuest challenge is VERIFY VERONICA. If you find the Pink Ivy-Leaved Speedwell anywhere in New York this month, your observation will be cited in the publication.

Register here for the May 17 presentation by Dirk Albach The Genus Veronica (Speedwells) - In 15 Million Years to New York

Posted by danielatha danielatha, May 03, 2021 12:33


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