Everyone can join the fun & it’s easy! You just need a camera (or camera on smartphone) to take some pictures of nature and upload the photos onto iNaturalist.org
Greater Houston is competing against 6 other Texas regions, plus 60+ cities around the world in the 2018 City Nature Challenge on iNaturalist. Of the three categories (most participants, most species found, most observations posted) last year, Greater Houston won the “most species” category (2017 results). Greater Houston includes the following counties: Harris, Galveston, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller. For more information, check www.tpwd.texas.gov/naturechallenge.
Some pertinent websites:
- CNC Houston: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2018-houston
- CNC Texas: https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/texas_nature_trackers/naturechallenge/ with leaderboards for Texas Cities
- Greater Houston’s Organized iNaturalist Trainings and Activities: https://houstonprairie.org/CNCactivities/ & HNPAT webpage on CNC basics is at this link.
- Last year’s 2017 CNC Houston information: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2017-houston