Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is looking for businesses and organizations to participate in the 2018 City Nature Challenge, April 27-30. The Omaha-Metropolitan area will compete against more than 60 cities across the globe for the title of “the world’s most biodiverse city” during the challenge.
The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. Cities compete against each other to see who has the most observations of nature, the most different species and who can engage the most people in their community.
Taking part in the 2018 City Nature Challenge is free and easy. Anyone and everyone is welcome to get involved in the event. Participants will need to do the following:
· Download National Geographic’s free iNaturalist app, available on Apple’s App Store or Google Play for Android. Once downloaded, select the project titled “City Nature Challenge 2018: Omaha Metro.”
· Find wildlife around the community. This can include any plant, animal, fungi, slime mold or other evidence of life, such as scat, fur, tracks, shells and carcasses. Wildlife must be native to the participating city. Zoo animals will be excluded from the challenge and do not count as observations.
· Take a picture of what is discovered and take note of its location.
· Report the findings on the iNaturalist app.
By taking part in the City Nature Challenge and identifying which species are living in our city and where they are located, participants are ultimately helping scientists, land managers and the community better work together to study and protect Omaha’s wildlife.
In 2016, the City Nature Challenge was created by citizen science staff at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences. The challenge was originally a competition between only Los Angeles and San Francisco for its first year. In 2017, the City Nature Challenge went national, and in 2018 the challenge became an international event.
For more information on the 2018 City Nature Challenge, visit www.OmahaZoo.com/CityNatureChallenge.
Businesses or organizations that are interested in participating should contact Pam Eby at Pamela.Eby@OmahaZoo.com.