Learn about living organisms on the coastal prairie by participating in two City Nature Challenge events on Houston Prairies:
- On Saturday, April 27 at Deer Park Prairie in east Harris County. More information here.
- On Sunday, April 28 at Katy Prairie Conservancy Preserve in far west Harris County. See below.
From a Katy Prairie Conservancy announcement:
Join us for City Nature Challenge! Let’s help Houston win by participating in KPC’s City Nature Challenge Event!
When: Sunday, April 28th from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Matt Cook Memorial Wildlife Viewing Platform & Rockhollow Creek on the Katy Prairie Conservancy Preserve
The City Nature Challenge is a competition between cities of the world using iNaturalist.org
. This international bioblitz-style competition asks individuals to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the world. Houston will compete against other cities to see which one can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the greatest number of people.
Meet at the Matt Cook Viewing Platform parking lot (Location: http://www.katyprairie.org/visit
or google map
) at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, April 28. Please dress for the outdoors (closed toe shoes, long pants, hat); also recommended are sunscreen, bug spray, water. Bring your camera and a signed liability release
or sign one when you get there. For more information, email Lshen@katyprairie.org
Note: no bathroom facilities available at the location.
Sign up for an iNaturalist.org
(free) account and post photos or sounds (e.g. bird calls) of living organisms from greater Houston (see this link for map of area
) between 12 a.m. CDT April 26 and 11:59 p.m. CDT April 29. You do not have to identify the organism. You can take photos to be posted later, but within the contest time span. In order for your photos to count, be sure to turn your location on when taking the photos OR enter the locations manually on the computer, when uploading the photos. For more information, see our previous blog