City Nature Challenge bioblitz

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City Nature Challenge bioblitz

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:21 pm

Not just birds, but some of you Cantabrian birders might want to contribute to this event. Get that myna on the tally!

  • Through 26-29th April, Christchurch City will host the one Australasian entry in the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge (https://inaturalist.nz/projects/city-na ... ristchurch ).
  • San Francisco won this event in 2018, with 3211 species recorded in 4 days. We know through iNaturalist NZ – Mātaki Taiao that there are many more than 5000 species of plants, animals & fungi in greater Ōtautahi-Christchurch (includes Banks Peninsula); while our National Parks report around 2-3000 species.
  • This long weekend event, based at Canterbury WEA, Travis Wetland Education Centre, & Orana Park will feature:
    • iNaturalist NZ start-up workshops (loading app, making records, accessing & reporting data);
    • expert-led expeditions to dozens of biodiversity hotspots;
    • public forums on CHCH natural & cultural history;
    • ‘experts at work’ identifying collections & photos;
    • family-friendly activities with prizes;
    • socialising & forming regional support groups for local education & fun field excursions (working with existing natural history field clubs);
      and likely a special applications hackathon;
  • This Nature Challenge at end of April will be a launching pad for raised awareness of ‘nature in cities’ - joining up with a wider global movement.

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