Join the Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge in “The City Nature Challenge,” a friendly nature competition that goes on across the globe for four days, April 30 to May 3, 2021.
The competition is to see which city can show the most wildlife in their area, including wild plants, animals, insects, mushrooms, fish, turtles – anything that can be photographed with a smartphone and sent to the iNaturalist app.
Baton Rouge is competing against neighboring Master Naturalist regions of Greater New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana area, as well as other cities all over the world. Taking part is easy!
• Find wildlife (birds, insects, plants, amphibians, reptiles, mammals) in your yard, nearby park, or any other place outside.
• Snap a photo of what you find with your smart phone or digital camera.
• Share your observation on the iNaturalist.org website or on the iNaturalist mobile app and it will be automatically added to the contest project.
The collaboration/contest begins April 30 at 12:01 a.m. in each time zone and runs through May 3, 11:59 p.m. People of all ages are encouraged to participate and the collective scientific efforts from participants around the world will be tallied with results announced on May 10.
The City Nature Challenge was created by the California Academy of Science and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in 2016 and has expanded the citizen science event to take place on six continents. Observations gathered during these surveys become open-source data that help scientists inform resource management and detect patterns of global change