2024 City Nature Challenge Polk County

Exploring Biodiversity

The City Nature Challenge is an exciting global event that celebrates the wonders of nature right in our own backyards. Hosted by The Nature Conservancy, this four-day bioblitz encourages people of all ages to become community scientists by documenting the incredible biodiversity around them. In Polk County, we’re gearing up for an adventure that combines exploration, education, and conservation.

Coreopsis in bloomWhat Is the City Nature Challenge?

The City Nature Challenge is a friendly competition where cities across the world compete to observe and record as many plant and wildlife species as possible.

Armed with smartphones and the iNaturalist app or website, participants venture into parks, gardens, forests, and even urban areas to capture photos of the natural world. It’s a chance to connect with nature, learn about local ecosystems, and contribute valuable data to scientific research.

All you need to get started is the iNaturalist app and a smartphone! More advanced users may choose to use a digital camera with geotagging capability and later, at home, upload all their observations into the website-based iNaturalist platform.

How Can You Get Involved?

  1. Join us for an introductory workshop:

  2. Participate in one of the organized BioBlitzes this April in Polk County:

  3. Participate in the City Nature Challenge, independently!

    • You don’t have to participate in a formal event – just get outside in a natural area near you!
    • Observe plants, insects, birds, reptiles, and any other living creatures you encounter.
    • Don’t forget to document your findings on iNaturalist!

As we gear up for the City Nature Challenge in Polk County, Florida, the excitement is palpable. 🌿📸🦋 Remember, nature awaits! Let’s explore, learn, and support our wild spaces.

Don’t miss out on this chance to be part of something bigger—something that connects us to the natural world and contributes to scientific research. Register now for a City Nature Challenge event and we’ll see you in April!

NOTE: Event details are subject to change, please see the link for each event for the most up-to-date information. 

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Posted: March 13, 2024

Category: Conservation, Events, Natural Resources, Recreation,
Tags: BioBlitz, City Nature Challenge, Inaturalist, Polk County, Shannon Carnevale

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