You are invited to join the Connemara Conservancy along with Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, and many others all weekend for the City Nature Challenge to see which city in Texas and nationwide can document the most species over the next five days.
Connemara is hosting a gathering event Sunday in the Meadow Nature Preserve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. which will provide a great way to spend some time Easter Sunday with the family enjoying nature.
The competition runs through Tuesday and it is easy to participate. With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the community will help identify which species it is. Any observation in the greater metropolitan area of each city will count during the five day challenge. You can participate by exploring the life in your backyard, in your local park, or on a field trip with your local naturalist group.Check out the Nature Challenge home page for a leaderboard and additional resources.
ALL observations made within April 14 – 18 within the DFW metroplex will count to this challenge. Observations have to be uploaded to iNaturalist before April 22. No specific projects need to be joined.
You can also join the fun on Facebook.
Not only is this a competition between Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston, cities across the nation are participating. Hopefully, we can show the rest of the world that we do indeed have diversity in North Texas and we also have quite a few citizen scientists and naturalists and nature enthusiasts that care about it. let’s show them what we got!
There are a number of gathering events scheduled for this weekend. Here are the locations, and times:
Friday, April 14…
9 am – noon: Breckinridge Park in Richardson
9 am – 11 am: White Rock Lake (Bath House) in Dallas
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Twelve Hills Nature Center in Dallas
11:30 am – 1 pm: UNT campus (by student union and admin building) in Denton
1 pm – 4 pm: Bear Creek Nature Park in Lancaster
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm: The Mound in Flower Mound
7 pm – 10 pm: Cedar Ridge Preserve in Cedar Hill (mothing!)
7 pm – 10 pm: Mockingbird Nature Park in Midlothian (mothing!)
8 am – 11 am: LLELA in Lewisville
9 am – noon: OS Gray Natural Area in Arlington
9 am – noon: Marion Sansom Park in Fort Worth
9 am – 1 pm: Heard Museum in McKinney
10 am – 11:30 am: Twelve Hills Nature Center in Dallas (butterfly walk!)
1 pm – 4 pm: South West Nature Preserve in Arlington
1:30 pm – 3 pm: Fort Worth Nature Center in Fort Worth
Sunday, April 16 (Easter Sunday)…
9 am – 3 pm: Connemara Nature Preserve in Allen
Monday, April 17…
9 am – noon: Mike Lewis Park in Grand Prairie
1 pm – 4 pm: Cross Timbers Park in North Richland Hills
Tuesday, April 18…
9:30 am – 11 am: Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier prairie in Dallas
4 pm – 7 pm: Tandy Hills Park in Fort Worth
The City Nature Challenge is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.
We hope to see you in the Meadow on Sunday.