Ready for the 2020 City Nature Challenge? We Certainly Are!Between April 24th and 27th, hundreds of cities worldwide will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2020 City Nature Challenge (CNC). Such events are known as Bioblitz events.
This year, EwA is a member of the City Nature Challenge steering committee for the Greater Boston area. Of course, we are also participating in the challenge itself: Every single day of the 4-days long challenge, we’ll run bioblitz events in reservations, parks and streets of the Boston area. Our locations include:
- the Fresh Pond Reservoir in collaboration with the Cambridge Water Department
- the Middlesex Fells Reservation in collaboration with the Friends of the Fells
- the Somerville Community Growing Center with the City of Somerville
Join any of these events to observe & record what we see together! It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to help science while getting to learn about our communities and their biodiversity!
Fresh Pond Reservoir 🦋
Join us at the Fresh Pond Reservoir. We’ll focus our observations of a meadow in the reservoir, recording wildflowers, trees and all the like, and establishing a baseline for a Pollinator survey that we’re starting this year. We could even see eagles 🦅 if we’re lucky. We spotted 1 in flight in last year’s Bioblitz!!
Middlesex Fells Reservation 🐸
Join us at the Fells. We’ll focus our observations on a wetland area, recording the fauna and fauna around a pond that we’ll survey as part of a Vernal Pool Awareness & Protection program starting this year in the Fells. Who knows, we might be lucky and spot some salamanders. It’s the right time of the year for that!
Urban Somerville 🍃
Join us at the Growing Center. We’ll focus our observations on the trees, wildflowers & birds of this busy urban garden. You’d be surprised to see how rich still a city environment can be. Right where we live, there are nuthatches, flickers, black squirrels and a myriad of wildflowers. Come discover them with us!
We are needed all over the World to take observations (with our phones and cameras) of as many species as possible. The more the better! This information will help to get a more accurate picture of the biodiversity in the Boston area, focusing within the I-495 corridor and out to Stellwagen Bank.
Any observation of plants, animals, fungi, even microbes, made in the greater Boston area during these days, will count for the challenge.
This is a national event encouraged by iNaturalist, open to anyone in the World and here in the Boston area.
Taking part is easy and free! To participate with us:
2) Once you registered on iNaturalist, please send us your profile name at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we get your observations counted explicitly in our EwA challenge project! We’ll generate a report after the challenge to show our participants’ contributions.
3) Get familiar with the app. Check the iNat short Getting Started guide and video tutorials. You can also join any of our citizen science crash courses prior to the challenge and listed in our calendar [» EwA’s Events Calendar]
4) Get outside & find wildlife.
5) Take a picture and then share your observations. Make your observations relevant to science following EwA’s observation and recording guidelines (it’s easy!).
You can also join the many organized events in your area (find if your city participates in the event). We will specifically host events once a day between April 24th and April 27th. Each of our events will be about 2 hours long, and you’ll learn and share a ton with us!
Come & Join us! It’s a lot of fun and for the great purpose of helping scientists to better protect the Nature that we love!
What you’ll learn with us by joining any of our events
Besides having a great time, you’ll also learn about:
꙳ The importance of everyone’s participation through Citizen Science
꙳ How to ethically observe and record nature & wildlife sightings
꙳ How to use recording apps such as iNaturalist like pros
Introduction to Citizen Science & CNC Webinars (Jan – April)
Climate & Biodiversity sciences need you and the information that you can collect. The good news is that you can really make a difference! This is a crash course about participative science (a.k.a. citizen science), which is the active public involvement in scientific research. In this class, we introduce you to what citizen science is, why it is needed, where it is needed, how you can help (individually or joining some of our local projects in local parks and reservations), and some of the popular tools used in citizen science projects.
Join us. It’s fun & exciting. Let’s make a difference together!
Species Recording Events (April 24-27)
Together let’s observe & record what we see!
We invite you to join our community and any of our iNaturalist projects. And you are most welcome to attend any of our local citizen science events!
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Banner Pic: EwA iNat recording of a White-breasted nuthatch (Middlesex Fells Reservation, Medford MA) | Red-shouldered Hawk Photo credit: © Joe MacIndewar.