Get out those cameras, because the City Nature Challenge is on.
It’s an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. To participate, you snap a photo of a plant, bug, or animal, describe it, and upload it to the iNaturalist site. The goal is to help identify species in the area.
Colorado Springs is one of 161 cities involved in the challenge. The objective is to see which city can collect the most observations, find the most species, and engage the most people.
“This is another way to really catalog the urban biodiversity that we have within this area,” local organizer Kim King said. “Again, you never know when you’re going to find something new or different that we just hadn’t seen or experienced, or, again, identified, before. And by encouraging all of the citizens to participate, it’s a great way to get more of those observations out there and see what we can discover.”
The challenge starts April 26. Visit citynaturechallenge.org for more information.