City Nature Challenge this weekend! Friday - Monday -- ready?!? We need you!

The weather should be nice. The critters and plants are gonna be out. Let's document EVERYTHING! City Nature Challenge - April 26-29... Any observation made within DFW (10 counties around DFW: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise) will automatically count... Must be uploaded before May 5th. WE (Nature in DFW) NEED YOU!

Lots of events going on, although you don't have to attend any of these to participate:
Friday, 26 April:
Tarleton State University Fort Worth Campus Bioblitz: 9 am – 5 pm *
Coyote Loop in Burleson: noon – 3 PM *
UT Dallas Monarch Waystation (meet at gazebo): 11 am - 1 pm
Windmill Garden at Brookhaven College: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
LLELA bioblitz: 2 pm - 8:30 pm
Mothing at Mockingbird Nature Park, Midlothian: 8 pm - 10 pm *
Bat BioBlitz in Parr Park, Grapevine: 7:30 pm - 9 pm

Saturday, 27 April:
Elise Walker Outdoor Learning Center, Irving: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Parr Park, Grapevine, how to use iNat and bioblitz: 9 am - 11 am
Dogwood Canyon bioblitz at Cedar Ridge Preserve: 9 am – noon
Dallas Parks and Rec BioBlitz at Gatewark Park on Jim Miller Road: 9 am – noon *
Blackland Prairie Conservatory and Atelier in Dallas: 10 am - noon
SouthWest Nature Preserve: 2 pm - 5 pm
LLELA bioblitz and mothing: 7:30 am - midnight *
Fort Worth Nature Center NatureCon: 9 am – 3 pm
Coppell Nature Park: 10 am - noon

Sunday, 28 April:
Twelve Hills, Dallas: 10 am - noon
Heard Museum, McKinney: 1 pm – 3 pm
Meadowmere Park in Grapevine bioblitz: 1 pm - 4 pm
Lakewood Outdoor Learning Area, Dallas: 1 pm – 3 pm
Chisholm Trail Community Park in Fort Worth: 2 pm – 5 pm

Monday, 29 April:
Frisco Commons Park :8:15 am - 9:15 am

I hope hope hope that you will participate. It'll be great fun!

Also, very important here: this data is going to be used. We can monitor the biodiversity around DFW, we can see where and when species exist, we can see which areas have high/low amounts of natural variety. I promise that we also use it to show the policy makers and public land managers this biodiversity AND the people that care about it. They recognize a constituency. So, yes, we need you big time. I hope you'll participate! :)

Feel free to reach out to me @sambiology, sam.kieschnick@tpwd.texas.gov, sambiology@gmail.com, or my cell: 214 215 5605

Posted by sambiology sambiology, April 24, 2019 15:32

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Lotsa tags! :) Let others know if I didn't tag them!

Posted by sambiology over 2 years ago (Flag)

@mekelle @elexxus_h I know y'all aren't going home this weekend, y'all should forsake the Austin and Houston people by driving to Weatherford and making some observations :P

Posted by madisong over 2 years ago (Flag)

@sambiology you know I'm not much of a participator…. I guess I "could" make an observation or two in that time frame..... Ha!

Posted by oddfitz over 2 years ago (Flag)

Totally stoked! My back pack and camera are ready, as are my sneakers and boots. It is looking like a rain free event for DFW.🤞🏻
Let the fun and craziness begin! 🤪 Take your chigger and mosquito repellents! Stay hydrated!
Let's all have some fun exploring and be safe.

Posted by walkingstick2 over 2 years ago (Flag)

I'll be making two nature walk presentations at the Fort Worth Nature Center on 27 April. See you there!

Posted by bob777 over 2 years ago (Flag)

Cameras ready, batteries charged.

Posted by rmorgan over 2 years ago (Flag)

Can't wait! I'll be at the LLELA

Posted by rangertreaty50 over 2 years ago (Flag)

You know I'm in.

Posted by jblinde over 2 years ago (Flag)

Yes!

Posted by fratto over 2 years ago (Flag)

Charging my batteries and packing my bags tonight. Just need to inventory my snacks and clear my camera memory cards. Let's do this. DFW for the win!!

Posted by brentano over 2 years ago (Flag)
Posted by annikaml over 2 years ago (Flag)

@sambiology Sam, what are the * for in the events list? I'm looking forward to this weekend! I'll be out Friday and Saturday

Posted by sara39 over 2 years ago (Flag)

No real reason for the * -- those are the ones that I'm going to! ;)

Posted by sambiology over 2 years ago (Flag)

Asterix is secret code that he embeds in his posts.

Posted by brentano over 2 years ago (Flag)

@sambiology Is that Saturday LLELA bioblitz really 7:30am to midnight? That's a heck of a day (and night)!

Posted by tadamcochran over 2 years ago (Flag)

Yeah! Check out the schedule!!!
https://www.llela.org/activities-programs/bioblitz

Posted by sambiology over 2 years ago (Flag)

Looking forward to it! Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists are holding a BioBlitz Event at Erwin Park on Saturday,10-3, focused on iNaturalist training. Should be lots of fun! I'm hoping to catch some pollinator activity at my house on one of the other two days. Maybe drop in at Bonnie Wenk Park too.

At current count, we have 44 chapter members on iNaturalist. myself, lisa281, rick57, jsuplick, butterflies4fun, kb5won, sara39, christina2019, jwg0101, jdjames, klwelty, gardeneratlaw, plantpowergirl09, txstack, freedomfarm, earthpsalts, tshack, greghayden39, stlester, texmel, sbwag18, axelholly, nicehell, dlynch15, alexd50, lshepstew, lnixon54, susan7532, rhondasanchez, susanaber, dmort, sjenn55, pnapper, lauri13, tdiamond, nicknixon, berkegirlbptmn, karenjohnson1, beckyschwemmer, wadesc, nancyaron, chase51, tiffanycheri, and l3af.

Posted by vadalton over 2 years ago (Flag)

Thanks for the heads up! I will be attending EarthX at Fair Park and will keep my eyes open... now that I know about the blitz I will try to get out a bit beyond that too.

Posted by jilldevito over 2 years ago (Flag)

New Zealand has already started! ;)

Also, here's the fun leaderboard for ALL of the cities:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019

And here's the leaderboard for the TX cities:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/texas-city-nature-challenge-2019-cities

It'll be fun to watch!

Posted by sambiology over 2 years ago (Flag)

Hope to see you at the Tarleton Campus bioblitz event! I have been wanting to explore that prairie😊

Posted by lpenn over 2 years ago (Flag)

Thanks Sam! We'll be leading walks at Southwest Nature Preserve (Arlington) Saturday afternoon. & I'm hoping to get around to a few other places over the weekend....maybe Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve (if chiggers aren't too bad), Thora Hart Park, etc. Have fun & stay safe y'all....for Nature!

Posted by postoak over 2 years ago (Flag)

I think I'm going to be at Crystal Canyon for a little while Sunday. Should be some good pictures, I hope.

Posted by fratto over 2 years ago (Flag)

Ready!! Go Team DFW!! 🐸🐸

Posted by jillnugent over 2 years ago (Flag)

We're getting first place this year!

Posted by rangertreaty50 over 2 years ago (Flag)

@sambiology, game on!

Posted by hollywesberry over 2 years ago (Flag)

@sambiology Thanks or reminding me yesterday buddy! I will add all the aquatic species possible :) High water is going to make it interesting. ;)

Posted by wilddallas over 2 years ago (Flag)

Family in from Wisconsin, so this morning I made them download the iNat app and hike with me for 4 hours while we made observations. I think I've got them hooked!

Posted by naturemom over 2 years ago (Flag)

Thank you for including me, Sam. Made a trip to Josey Ranch in Carrollton this morning and just posted my pics.'Deborah

Posted by dhutch2018 over 2 years ago (Flag)

If anyone is available on Monday to help with some aquatic sampling let me know! I have "hot" areas for biodiversity in many corners of the metroplex so i can accomodate different areas if i have extra hands. Two people in addition to myself would be ideal. I have extra dipnets and a seine i could use some help using :). Send me a message on here or text Will at 214-693-0602. We can add a couple dozen species in a day easy!

Posted by wilddallas over 2 years ago (Flag)

When is the cutoff for uploads and ids?

Posted by lovebirder over 2 years ago (Flag)

Before May 5th, per original post by Sam above

Posted by lpenn over 2 years ago (Flag)

Thanks! I guess I didn't look good enough. We'll all be exhausted when this is done, but I love all the hard work folks are putting in on IDs!

Posted by lovebirder over 2 years ago (Flag)

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