For four days in April, cities around the world will compete to see who can make the most nature observations during the 2019 City Nature Challenge.
The event aims to engage people to find and identify the most species of wild plants and animals. Participants will seek out nature, snap a photo, and upload it to the iNaturalist app on their smartphone. In Omaha, observations will take place April 26-29.
It’s easy to participate:
- Step 1: Find wildlife.
- Step 2: Take a picture.
- Step 3: Share your observations.
OPPD is making it even easier by providing a location at which to capture your observations.
On Saturday, April 27th between 10:00am and 1:00pm at the OPPD Arboretum a number of community members will be available to assist with taking and submitting observations to the app. Those participating include: UNL Extension Entomologists, Drs. Jody Green and Jonathan Larson; Douglas-Sarpy County Extension Master Gardeners, and OPPD Forestry team members.
The Arboretum is an outdoor education area located near 108th and Blondo streets. OPPD created the area to help customers understand safety issues associated with planting trees and shrubs around power lines and other electrical equipment, and also help them learn about trees and shrubs native to the area.
iNaturalist – one of the world’s largest communities dedicated to exploring biodiversity – is a collaboration between the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.
During the second phase of the challenge – April 30-May 5 – iNaturalist will assist with identifying what was found and uploaded to their app.
During the last weekend in April, thousands of people from all over the world will be out looking for nature in their cities. Omahans can join OPPD and participating groups at the arboretum on the 27th to help Omaha achieve the title of World’s Most Biodiverse City. Results of the winning city will be announced May 6.