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As of 11:04 am: Houston 3332; DFW 4996; Austin 3068 in # of Observations for City Nature Challenge

Top observed species in Greater Houston ~11 am, 4/15/17. See link below to access that page on iNaturalist.org. Scroll to bottom for explanation of event.

Latest on progress on City Nature Challenge at this TPWD link .  See what are the most observed species in greater Houston at this iNaturalist link.

We are way behind in number of observations, but ahead in species: 977 vs 903 vs 926 (greater Houston vs DFW vs Austin).  Please make more observations, people, and keep posting different species.

LOTS of Group activities on Saturday, 4/15! To see all the group activities throughout 4/18, go to following sites:

New event: Sunday, 4/16/17 at Galveston State Park: Morning and afternoon are both options, depending on interest. Please respond ASAP if you’re considering coming. Transportation will be provided unless there are more than three of you. Contact jenn.drummond@txgcmn.org and/or Bob Romero, bob.romero@txgcmn.org.”  That should help with the species count.

Suggestions for center of city: Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire,  Audubon’s Edith L Moore Sanctuary, walk along the various bayous (please note, the wildflower seedings should probably be categorized as cultivated), Memorial Park, Hermann Park.

iNat Tip #1: If you don’t have lots of data on your plan or a wifi only tablet, first login to your iNat app; then turn off cellular; take photos using the camera or “observe” icon in iNat app; enter desired data on site or do everything at home; after each photo hit “next” (on my phone) and then either “share” or “save”; and then upload at home using wifi (or go to Starbucks, Panera….if you have a slow wifi at home). Try it out in your yard first.

iNat Tip #2: Be sure to turn on your location and allow iNat to access your location. That way, you will automatically get the Lat, Long and don’t have to enter anything manually.
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City Nature Challenge – contest between greater Houston, DFW, Austin is explained at

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Tons of opportunities are there for EVERYONE to be outside in nature at sometime in the next few days (between April 14-18). Go out on your own or join a group! Take some friends and/or young people with you!
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