The City Nature Challenge is over, and we’e now in the process of curating the observations we made between April 26 and 29:
5/1: NATURE American Spring LIVE Screening and Curating
Proof Brewing Company, (7 pm ET)
Proof Brewing Co. will be screening PBS Nature: American Spring LIVE on its third and final night of broadcasting. Come join an audience of citizen scientists and ecologists, and watch the episode “Connections,” showcasing how humans and the environment intertwine and impact each other. Before the screening, ecologists will be helping to identify observations made on iNaturalist during the City Nature Challenge. Sign up and register here.
5/2: City Nature Challenge Curation
Northeast Branch Library, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Join Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff and other volunteers to identify your iNaturalist finds that you made as part of the Tallahassee/Leon County City Nature Challenge. This will be the last day to curate your observations. Food and drink will be provided. Sign up and register here.
Previous EcoCitizen Events
4/9: Midtown Bioblitz with iNaturalist Science Salon
Waterworks Food + Drink, 7:30 pm
Come join WFSU’s ecology producer Rob Diaz de Villegas and Peter Kleinhenz of the FWC at Waterworks. They will give a special presentation of the iNaturalist app and its applications for an urban setting.
4/13: The Coastal Plains Institute’s Dipnetting Day
Munson Sandhills Region of Apalachicola National Forest, 10:00am-12:00pm + 12:30pm-2:00pm
The Coastal Plains Institute will be hosting two dipnetting sessions in the Munson Sandhills. Both sessions will enlist you in the Adopt an Ephemeral Wetland Program. The session at 12:30 involves a bike ride along St. Mark’s Trail with different stops at different wetlands. You have to register for this free event, and the Coastal Plains Institute will e-mail you details.
4/20: EcoCitizen Kidtown Reader Storytime
Midtown Reader, (11 am ET)
4/24: American Spring LIVE Trivia Night
Proof Brewing Company, 7:30 pm
Proof Brewing Co. will run a rousing game of trivia with an emphasis on urban wildlife. Led by the incomparable Hank Saints, Tallahassee’s only full-time trivia host.
EcoCitizen Home Base
FAMU Way next to the Railroad Square Playground, 9:00am-2:00pm
Bring your mobile device, ensure iNaturalist is installed, and get ready to go forth and observe. On EcoCitizen Day, Tallahassee will be competing in the nationwide City Nature Challenge to see which city can make the most iNaturalist observations. Not only will the competition be engaging and fun, but the influx of observations will greatly benefit career scientists.
4/27: San Luis Mission Park Exploration
San Luis Mission Park, 9:30am-2:00pm
Make observations using iNaturalist on your own or with the guidance of one of the on-site experts. You can take a shuttle from the EcoCitizen Home Base at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, or 12:30pm.
4/27: Apalachicola National Forest Dipnetting
FAMU Way next to the Railroad Square Playground, 9:00am-12:00pm
On EcoCitizen Day, the Coastal Plains Institute will be hosting a dipnetting session in the Apalachicola National Forest. Amphibians and insects are the target – so be sure to bring waterproof clothing and a mobile device with iNaturalist installed. Transportation shuttles will be provided to get to the dipnetting site. Sign up and register here.
4/27: Birding With Apalachee Audubon
Lake Elberta, 9:30am-2pm
Identify birds and other wildlife with guides from Apalachee Audubon Society. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available for use. There will be limited parking at Lake Elberta. Please meet us at FAMU Way next to the Railroad Square Playground, the EcoCitizen Home Base, for free transportation or join volunteers on a short walk to the Lake.
4/27: Phipps Butterfly Walk
Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, 9:30am-12:30pm
Join Florida-renowned lepidopterists Dean and Sally Jue as they trek through Phipps Park to observe and record its staggering variety of butterfly species. Bring your mobile device with iNaturalist and record your observations for part of the City Nature Challenge. Sign up and register here.
4/28: L. Kirk Edwards WEA Bioblitz
Apalachee Regional Park, 9:00am-12:00pm
Any living thing is fair game with a Bioblitz. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will lead a biological treasure hunt in the L. Kirk Edwards Wildlife and Environmental Area. Bring your mobile device with iNaturalist and get ready to observe and record anything you see. Shuttles will be used to transport you to the site. Sign up and register here.
4/28: Lake Lafayette Paddling and Hiking Bioblitz
Lafayette Heritage Trail Park, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Join Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for an afternoon of exploration on and around Lake Lafayette. They will have naturalists leading a paddling tour (bring your own boat), or you can hike with members of the Florida Trail Association as you make observations using iNaturalist.
4/30: City Nature Challenge Curation
Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Join Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff and other volunteers to identify your iNaturalist finds that you made as part of the Tallahassee/Leon County City Nature Challenge. The city with the most species identified wins the competition! Food and drinks will be provided. Sign up and register here.