Twin Ports City Nature Challenge
April 14-18, 2017
Duluth, Proctor, Cloquet, MN and Superior, WI
Challenge starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 14
and ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.
The City Nature Challenge is a five-day event during which nature lovers, citizen scientists and anyone interested can contribute to a nationwide assessment of wild plants and animals in urban areas.
Why do this? It is a family-friendly opportunity to learn about the wild plants and animals that live in the natural spaces in our cities, along our coastlines and within the boundaries of Duluth, Proctor, Cloquet, and Superior. The data collected each year from lots of different places can be useful for scientists and planners if collected the same way for many years.
What is being counted? Plants, trees, animals, birds, bugs ... any wild, living thing. No pets, livestock or other domesticated animals or plants.
Who can participate? Kids, adults, families, experts and non-experts — everyone is welcome. You need only have an interest in the outdoors.
Where will the Twin-Ports team be making observations? Observations made in Duluth, MN; Superior, WI; Proctor, MN and Cloquet, MN can all be added to the 2017 Twin Ports CNC project.
How much time do I need? We're looking for volunteers who can help a little or a lot - the time commitment is up to you.
How do I get involved? Make your own observations using the iNaturalist app or upload photos to the iNaturalist website's City Nature Challenge 2017: Twin Ports project. You can also attend the free training (see below) and we'll show you how to make observations and use the app.
Don't know how to use iNaturalist? We'll show you! Free Bioblitz and iNaturalist Training on Saturday, April 15, 10 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the yurt at the Hartley Nature Center, Duluth. To register, visit: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_57NupAOqAqqaBg1.
Lake Superior Regional Citizen Science Collaborative member organizations include: University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and the Fond du Lac Resource Management Department.