April 14-18: City Nature Challenge – Houston


Updated on 3/17/17: for more information and activities, go to HoustonPrairie.org/2017HouCNC and City Nature Challenge Activities

Houston, we have a challenge!

In celebration of National Citizen Science Day, Houston, Austin, and DFW are competing in the City Nature Challenge to see which city can find the most species over a five day period (April 14-18) and number of observations posted on iNaturalist.  We are hearing rumblings that DFW is looking strong, but we are convinced April in the Houston region will be hard to beat. Our area covers the Greater Houston Area Counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller.

Here is how you can help:

  • Participate!  Make observations during the event on iNaturalist. Sign up for an iNaturalist account now if you have not already
  • Join the FB (Facebook) event and share it.
  • Join as a participating organization, help promote it however you can.
  • Host or lead an event such as a nature walk where you make observations, or a bioblitz.

***Also, if your organization would like to be listed as a PARTNER, we’d appreciate your help promoting the City Nature Challenge and spending time counting–or better yet–offering a count experience for folks during April 14-18. If you want to be listed as partner, simply reply to Richard Gibbons (rgibbons@houstonaudubon.org), Diana Foss (Diana.Foss@tpwd.texas.gov), or me (sflournoy@houstonaudubon.org) to let us know by next week.

Here are some handy links that explain more about the event. Sign up where you can!

Here is a link to flyers/ppts that can be modified: http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/texas_nature_trackers/naturechallenge/docs/Tx_CNC_fliers.pptx

Here is a link to a flier about the iNat app:  http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/texas_nature_trackers/naturechallenge/docs/iNaturalistAppHandout.pptx

Let the games begin on April 14! Please pass this on to any individuals or organizations that would enjoy being involved. Diana Foss is engaging the local Master Naturalist groups. Any help spreading the word would be appreciated so that Houston has a strong showing. Apparently San Antonio is feeling a bit jilted, so they are self-nominating as a competing Texas city, too!

To print this information page in pdf, go to Houston Nature Challenge page.

Credits. Words (with permission) from Sarah Flournoy’s email (On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 8:20 AM, Sarah Flournoy <sflournoy@houstonaudubon.org> wrote:) & photo modified from Houston’s October, 2016 Bioblitz page on iNaturalist www.inaturalist.org/projects/great-houston-wildlife-count

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