The City Nature Challenge 2024, Heart of Texas area!

Hello everyone! It's almost that time again!

The City Nature Challenge this year runs from April 26th to April 29th with uploading and IDs able to be done up until end of day on May 5th.

Many of us are experts by now, but all you've got to do is go out into one of the counties in our area and make observations during those dates in April. Then, try to help find IDs for everything after the observation period is over. Counties included this year are: Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, and Somervell. Limestone County is a new addition this year. Can't wait to see what we find there!
I'm trying to work on getting a bioblitz or two together and will post more information here later.

Here's how we did last year
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2023-heart-of-texas
And here's our project for this year
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2024-heart-of-texas
Help me spread the word to anyone you think might be interested!
Tagging folks who have participated in the past:

Publicado el abril 5, 2024 07:15 TARDE por bosqueaaron bosqueaaron

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Sorry if anyone was tagged twice or isn't from the area.

Please tag anyone I forgot and remember to spread the word!

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace 3 meses

@cspiares Hey! Tag some Limestone County folks :)

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace 3 meses

Anticipating a great turn out of folks in the Heart of Texas area! @cameronnat. @cindy6516, @clintwalker3 , @ejluckey , @lindabu , @reedmjr @jmconner @mhconner @patricia1325 , @randy4 , @austinjknight , @voyles3 ,

Publicado por connlindajo hace 3 meses

Thanks for the reminder. Unfortunately, my life is not my own on those days, but I'll try to do something.

Publicado por alflinn329 hace 3 meses

Thanks for coordinating again, Aaron. I will be out of town that weekend (seems like I always am) but will try and get some observations outside of travel.

Publicado por mmccown hace 2 meses

Thanks for the tag! I don't live nearby anymore but am rooting for you.

Publicado por madisong hace 2 meses

Hi everyone. Getting close now!

We do have one event taking place on Saturday, April 27. The Heart of Texas chapter of Master Naturalists will be having a hummingbird banding demonstration at the Lake Waco Wetlands from 8am to 10am. Afterwards, feel free to stay and explore the wetlands. And if anyone is in the area that night, a few of us will be putting out some lights at the same place once it gets dark to do some mothing.

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace 2 meses

@amberwalker32 in case I forgot to tag you!

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace alrededor de 2 meses

Only a few hours to go! Good luck everyone!

Y'all stay dry out there this weekend. Hopefully the weather will somewhat cooperate with us. Also, be on the lookout for copperheads, they seem to be out in force this year.

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace alrededor de 2 meses

I'm not able to make observations this year, but I will do my best making ids.
Link to id for project:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?project_id=186383

Publicado por lovebirder hace alrededor de 2 meses

I hope everyone had a great time and saw some neat stuff! I'm definitely tired for sure! Now on to the challenge of getting everything uploaded and ID'd :)

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace alrededor de 2 meses

Well, one unfortunate thing discovered during the CNC is that there are emerald ash borers in McLennan County. One had been found earlier in the month, but at least 7 more have been found since Saturday.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/211051458
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/212338018
Keep your eyes open for more and try to freeze them if you happen to be in a different county.

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace alrededor de 2 meses

Great job on the CNC everyone! A huge thank you to everyone who participated and especially those who helped so much with IDs. We saw 188 more species than last year and over 7000 observations total! There were 6 fewer observers than last year, so that'll be the focus next year, to get more folks involved. Here's how we did vs. the other Texas cities
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/texas-city-nature-challenge-2024-cities
Our newest county, Limestone, contributed 242 species and 318 observations
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2024-04-26&d2=2024-04-29&place_id=3023&view=species

Texas Nature Trackers usually features some observations from each area, so if anyone has an exceptional observation they would like to share or ran across from someone else, please post below. I'll start off with some mating copperheads at Meridian SP
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/212385035

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace alrededor de 1 mes

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