Engaging social media with the city nature challenge and iNaturalist!

Hey all!

Hope you are all doing well and that you/your families are stay healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. I wanted to ask a huge favor of you, as I know you are some most enthusiastic iNat users out there.

Since this year’s City Nature Challenge is no longer a challenge, our efforts have focused to engage users with their immediate surroundings: outside their front doors, in their yard, or anywhere nature is found which they can safely and responsibly explore while complying with social distancing and stay-at-home orders where they live. It’s also a great opportunity for us to fill some data gaps!

That is why we need YOUR help! The TPWD Conservation Outreach Team is asking for me to reach out to some of our most engaged iNaturalist users in TX and ask them to share their City Nature Challenge experience.

Here are a few asks during and/or leading up to the City Nature Challenge (April 24-27):

  • Post a photo/video on Facebook, Instagram, and/or FB/IG stories
  • This post should be about how you are engaging with nature close to home during this CNC. You can answer some of the following questions:
    o What are some of your favorite things to observe in your neighborhood?
    o What are some species you never would have thought you’d find there?
    o Where are some of your favorite local places to go? Why?
    o Why do you think neighborhood nature is relevant for all community members?
    o How has neighborhood/backyard nature helped you or your family deal with COVID?

  • Use hashtag #yardchallenge; you can also use hashtags #CityNatureChallenge and/or #CNC2020
  • Tag the Texas Nature Trackers Program in your post:
    o Facebook/Instagram handle: @texasnaturetrackers

  • Tag 3-5 other friends and challenge them to post about their neighborhood nature/CNC experience!
  • Feel free to post once, or more than once!

We hope this engagement campaign will encourage others across the state and globe to get out and find what’s been hiding right under their nose all along!

Most importantly, we are stressing that all participants strictly adhere to federal, state, and local public health guidelines as they are updated in real time in response to COVID-19. Please do what you can to make sure you adhere to these guidelines during the event.

Let me know if you’re interested in helping out with this. Can’t wait to see what we all find this year!

Posted by sambiology sambiology, 22 April, 2020 19:53


Will do, Sam!

Posted by kathrynwells333 over 2 years ago (Flag)

You bet!

Posted by lovebirder over 2 years ago (Flag)

I want to help!

Posted by alisonnorthup over 2 years ago (Flag)

Excellent! Will do, Sam :)

Posted by bcfl14 over 2 years ago (Flag)

Roger that.

Posted by kaphn8d over 2 years ago (Flag)

I just shared iNaturalist videos and the City Nature Challenge link with my former environmental science students in Indianapolis earlier today - we're on the same wavelength yet again! Will plan to share out some of my porch bugs this week/weekend in San Antonio, thanks for the suggestion.

Posted by donovanmoxley over 2 years ago (Flag)

Will do, Sam!

Posted by david_gwin over 2 years ago (Flag)


Posted by mrbiology03 over 2 years ago (Flag)

Will do, Sam!

Posted by annikaml over 2 years ago (Flag)

Will do!

Posted by jblinde over 2 years ago (Flag)

I'm going to do what I can Sam! I will communicate with my chapter about working their neighborhoods and local parks within the boundaries of safe distancing. I have communicated before to them, all of this CNC, but I know some have not yet joined the CNC not challenge. I see that the state parks are open with reservations ahead of time, masks adorned, and I will make this known.
See you all on the other side!

Posted by mikef451 over 2 years ago (Flag)

Awesome!!! Thanks so much everybody! Again, the point of ALL of this is to get folks to recognize that there is nature everywhere, even in the urban environment. It’s just waiting for us to appreciate it! :)

Posted by sambiology over 2 years ago (Flag)

I am outside the boundaries for participation but planning to log significant time helping make IDs!

Posted by wwrauscher over 2 years ago (Flag)

I also am out of the boundaries and will be busy with family (grandkids) this Friday to Sunday, but they already know to have their cameras with them to take nature photos. They know I am an iNat addict. Will try to help later with IDs but not to the marathon extent I did last year. Thanks for the tag, Sam.
I have been noticing a lot of publicity from several sectors on the CNC this year. Awesome to see the interest!

Posted by connlindajo over 2 years ago (Flag)

Will do Sam. @vadalton , @jdjames , @txstack

Posted by jsuplick over 2 years ago (Flag)

Thanks for the ideas, Sam. We’ll share with the chapter.

Posted by lisa281 over 2 years ago (Flag)

Sure thing! Excited to get started tomorrow!!

Posted by txstack over 2 years ago (Flag)

Made a post in facebook, my neighborhood boards and of course I am gearing up my biology classes to participate.

Posted by cmeckerman over 2 years ago (Flag)

will do!

Posted by madisong over 2 years ago (Flag)

04-23-2020 4:20 pm CST in Texas. Just checked the stats on the CNC 2020. It is happening! 187 observations, 109 species, 34 observers and 30 identifiers. Come on midnight!

Posted by connlindajo over 2 years ago (Flag)

I'll be observing for Delaware this year 😬Staying here for a few months to take care of family. I'd certainly still be willing to participate with the social media stuff as I'll be BioBlitzing my mom's backyard like crazy, if it's okay that I'm in another state...

Posted by wildcarrot over 2 years ago (Flag)

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