City Nature Challenge

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City Nature Challenge Header with green background and dates of April 26-29

The City Nature Challenge is now the Stay Home Nature Challenge!

The City Nature Challenge (CNC) was originally a friendly competition between cities all over the world to see which one could observe the most nature over four days. Due to recent events regarding COVID-19 and the need for social distancing at this time, the CNC is no longer a competition, however people all over the world will still be able to participate and contribute to citizen science! Residents are still encouraged to participate and observe nature using the iNaturalist app in their own back yards and open spaces where safe social distancing practices can be maintained. There is still a lot to see and learn in a safe capacity! While the City Nature Challenge takes place from April 24-27, we also recommend using the iNaturalist app to learn about our local plants and animals all year long. The app can be used to easily identify species, and the data from the observation contributes to citizen science. Talk about a win - win! Download the app for free from Google Play or the App Store.

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Download iNaturalist
Add the free app for Android and iPhone to your mobile device and sign up for the project: City Nature Challenge 2020: Blacksburg, VA

How to use iNaturalist (PDF)

 magnifying glass icon showing bug Find Wildlife
It can be any plant, animal, fungi, slime mold, or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses!) found in the Town of Blacksburg limits.
 Smartphone with rabbit in picture icon Take Pictures of What You Find
Be sure to note the location of the organism or evidence of life.
 picture icon of deer Share Your Observations
By uploading your findings to iNaturalist.



How to Make an Observation on iNaturalist using our Mobile App from iNaturalist on Vimeo.


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