Challenges Ahead...

The first meeting of the 2021 Canadian City Nature Challenge project organizers was held this past week - and apparently we can expect to be challenged. We are also welcome, even exhorted to challenge in return.

Now the most vigorous advocates for the plan of 'more challenges, the merrier', were those organizers who have experience with running these events in previous years. They have found that when people have a challenge, they just set their goals a little higher - resulting in a larger number of quality observations and a greater likelihood that participants will go on to contribute observations and identifications long after the event is over.

This is where you, dear reader, can help.

Perhaps you know someone in our region or in one of the other cities who is already using iNaturalist or would like to learn how. You could see if they would like to join you on a personal challenge of your own design. The challenge could be as simple or as elaborate as the participants desire. There is no need to make it public - but please do make it both fun and safe.

Perhaps you are already a leader in some group (formal or informal) which already has rivalries with other groups - in the Winnipeg region or beyond. Set the challenge with your rival so that it matches the capability and opportunities of your two groups and then let all your peeps know so that they have a chance to train up and test winning strategies.

With so many Canadian cities new to the CNC this year, intercity challenges can help the organizers of both cities involved increase the engagement for potential observers and identifiers in their regions. As a new city ourselves, we can use the help of all of you to get the word out about iNaturalist and the City Nature challenge itself. The Canadian Nature Federation has put together some posters and social media posts that we can use to promote the event. Just email me at fforwyr@gmail.com if you would like me to email any of them to you to use. Everything is available in both English and French.

Mary Krieger

City Nature Challenge |Canada 2021| Défi nature urbaine

Publicado por marykrieger marykrieger, 20 de febrero de 2021

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