Are you ready?!? Warm up the cameras, charge your cells, call all of nature! April 29 - May 2

The City Nature Challenge is a'happening at the end of April!!! I can't wait. I love this time -- I challenge myself to observe as many different species at as many different places throughout the metroplex during this weekend. I end up being super worn out after the event, but it's such a great feeling! I hope that you'll join me.

Houston-Galveston (@habitat_jaime !) is boasting and bragging more and more about their numbers of participants and species (although, we did edge them out on number of observations) last year. And all of the other metros in Texas will be participating too -- I could see some of these areas sneaking up and dominating too! How will the naturalist community in DFW do this year?!?

I'll have another post with the public events going on in the metroplex -- if you know of others, send me a message!

Most of all, it's crucial to remember that these numbers from the city nature challenge are used. Like, a lot. Every time I go to a city council, park board, or wherever, I have these numbers of biodiversity, locations for nature, and a massive constituency of people that seek out these wild areas. It's been used a lot to preserve and guide management for wildlife. You can use them too -- let your neighbors know that you're not alone in this growing naturalist community. Nature is necessary!

Really hope that you'll join me in engaging with nature on April 29 - May 2 (and then, ID'ing observations through May 8) to show the rest of the world that we have extraordinary nature in DFW and a massive community of folks that need it.

If you have any questions or concerns, let me know!
sam.kieschnick@tpwd.texas.gov
214 215 5605

Posted by sambiology sambiology, March 08, 2022 12:12 AM

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Tagging some iNat heavy hitters in DFW -- tag others that you want to participate too!
@bob777 @charley @annikaml @denver @rick57 @jblinde @lisa281 @aidancampos @kathrynwells333 @baxter-slye @tadamcochran @galactic_bug_man @assmann @kimberlietx @catenatus @sehnature @brentano @oddfitz @walkingstick2 @donovanmoxley @gwaithir @jsuplick @carol308 @cwd912nb @daniel112 @sierrasquirrel @williampaulwhite17 @rangertreaty50 @wlhwildlife @lulubelle @tgbirdnerd @jeannevc @alchemist2000 @sahi2018 @saltyhiker @pynklynx @miscelaineous @naturenut @haleydaniels @buffalostuckintx @apcorboy @dmort @jasmitch @itmndeborah @jcat @k8thegr8 @wildcarrot @kaf213 @bendire44john @joel_p_ashman @abadoo @david_gwin @devinpedraza @eataie @michaelkuykendall @cgritz @naturemom @paige51066 @abigailmm @quincy2c @elprofer @smurfette @inhat83 @madisong @kenttrulsson @henrya @northcut1 @ppilarski @jaquiring @mustardlypig @famius1 @fratto @cdsanders @atassin @dagmar @tashap @lynnc12 @zetina26 @ghostburglar @dylapodiformes @taosit @hmfrye @kimberlywalks @sciencegeek @jwn @aguilita @alusk @janlapine @lindadntmn @txstack @emilyspinach @scopic @jdjames @rmorgan @postoak @raisedbywolves @sara39 @rozzychan @tfandre @brandon-cash @scotthudson @squaylei2000 @mayflower2000 @marcie12h @justkate @jhamby @sydneydragon @samantha_knight @peywey @rehb @chandlerdavis @georgesims @techguy_does_naturephotography @katelyn3 @kreichy @joshmols @andyk @jbwhite @mrbiology03 @lovebirder @andrewbrinker @golfgirl5225 @ann8 @katermorgan @ntx-sploch @cfximages @momnature @chuckwilliamson @jmwillistx

Posted by sambiology 4 months ago (Flag)

Lol, This had to occur on the exact dates of my trip to the Big Bend area...

Posted by cdsanders 4 months ago (Flag)

Sounds like a lot of fun! Happy to know that I'm considered a heavy hitter.

Posted by chandlerdavis 4 months ago (Flag)

I'll be there!

Posted by k8thegr8 4 months ago (Flag)

Yay! Looking forward to it, @sambiology!

Posted by kathrynwells333 4 months ago (Flag)

Totally ready! Made sure I have the time off and am putting together a list of areas to hit! Plus hoping to hit all the events! Woohoo!

Posted by lulubelle 4 months ago (Flag)

Got some family hikes planned!

Posted by mrbiology03 4 months ago (Flag)

The Friends of Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve (formerly SWNP) are planning our April 19 program to be targeted to people preparing for the Nature Challenge. Tentative program: we will include tips and techniques for getting better photos with a smartphone and an introduction to the iNaturalist App. Obviously, the target is not the "heavy hitters", but if you know someone who might be interested, an easy place to get current information is Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofSWNP.

Posted by apcorboy 4 months ago (Flag)

Yes!

Posted by fratto 4 months ago (Flag)

I look forward to this every year! I will request time off tomorrow : ) @sambiology

Posted by sara39 4 months ago (Flag)

thank you sam!!

Posted by madisong 4 months ago (Flag)

Looking forward to this !

Posted by rehb 4 months ago (Flag)

I'll be back from my trip just in time! I have it on my calendar.

Posted by jaquiring 4 months ago (Flag)

Yes!! stoked

Posted by katelyn3 4 months ago (Flag)

We'll try! I've had reoccuring issues since getting COVID in January but I'll try to at least do a little bit of looking.

Posted by williampaulwhite17 4 months ago (Flag)

I'll be planning some activities for that time frame. I'll be getting at least one other iNat user involved as well.

Posted by peywey 3 months ago (Flag)

Oh, no. I'm gonna be in Morgan, TX that weekend and I doubt it's in the DFW lines. I'll have to get what I can while I'm still up here.

Posted by fratto 3 months ago (Flag)

@sambiology , have you made up the list of events yet?

Posted by lulubelle 3 months ago (Flag)

I am looking for a group to work with in Collin Co. We are planning to drive down from Grayson Co. to participate.

Posted by greenfoot 3 months ago (Flag)

A few public events on the list so far -- I know there are others, so please let me know if you know of them!
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2022-dallas-fort-worth/journal/63905-events-during-the-city-nature-challenge-will-add-more-as-i-find-out

Posted by sambiology 3 months ago (Flag)

Everyone ready for this weekend?!? Make sure to charge the camera/phone batteries, drink water, and do leg stretches. :)
Engage with nature!

Posted by sambiology 2 months ago (Flag)

Er.... a car problem has left me with a rental for the weekend, so I might not be able to stay the night at LLELA. Would I be able to get out after mothing if that is the case? Fun part is I won't know for sure until Friday afternoon................... What terrible timing.

Posted by k8thegr8 2 months ago (Flag)

I'm ready! Well, already started haha :P

Posted by katelyn3 about 2 months ago (Flag)

wait I thought LELLA close at 7? I just got back home from there...one cottonmouth, a ton of butterflies and a few birds. No turtles which was weird. But BIttern Marsh trail is open again!

Posted by williampaulwhite17 about 2 months ago (Flag)

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