Community scientists invited to participate in City Nature Challenge in Blacksburg

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — As community science initiatives continue to grow in popularity, the City Nature Challenge is expanding to more than 400 localities across six continents.

One of those communities participating is the Town of Blacksburg.

The global event calls on current and aspiring community scientists, nature and science fans, and people of all ages and educational backgrounds to observe and submit pictures of wild plants, animals, and fungi within the boundaries of the Town of Blacksburg using the free mobile app iNaturalist.

Between Friday, April 30 and Monday, May 3, participants can upload their pictures to the app and they will automatically be included in the project.

“We are so pleased that Blacksburg is once again joining with communities across the globe to take part in the City Nature Challenge. We hope that participants come away with a new appreciation for the biodiversity in town.”

Will Lattea, Energy & Environmental Specialist for the Town of Blacksburg

Due to the pandemic, this year’s challenge will not be focused on competition. Instead, a global collaboration as more than 41,00 people around the world are estimated to participate any way they can.

For both budding and veteran community scientists, participating is easy:

  • Find wildlife around your home, neighborhood, backyard, or anywhere else. It can be any wild plant, animal, fungi, slime, mold, or any other evidence of life, such as scat, fur, tracks, shells, or carcasses. Click here for tips on finding the abundant biodiversity in and around your own home.
  • Take pictures of what you find using the iNaturalist app.
  • Learn more as your observations are identified.

For additional information on the program, click here.

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