Nature lovers across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City region are invited to participate in a global citizen science project, the City Nature Challenge, by submitting wildlife views from each region.
The City Nature Challenge is organized worldwide by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences. Between Friday April 30th and Monday May 3rd, wildlife and science fans of all ages and abilities are encouraged to observe and submit nature viewing using the free iNaturalist mobile app for wildlife tracking.
Whether it’s flocks of birds flying overhead, trees lining our streets, flowers in gardens, or even spiders in our homes, nature is all around us, and by recording and sharing wildlife observations, humans can see the wildlife in their Change region. Wildlife records are an important resource for conservation organizations and charities, helping to get a better picture of how particular areas or species are doing and how they may be responding to habitat loss or improvements and climate change.
Rachel Cripps, Lancashire Wildlife Trust Conservation Officer, said, “Wildlife observations are used to promote and protect important natural areas, and to aid conservation and scientific research. As more and more people develop an appreciation for nature and green spaces over the past year, the City Nature Challenge is the perfect opportunity for amateurs and experts to get involved in recording wildlife. By participating, people not only discover amazing plants, animals and fungi that live next to us, but their game viewing also helps us better understand and study the natural world. “
Participation is easy. People can take part in the Challenge between Friday April 30th and Monday May 3rd by photographing wildlife in their homes, neighborhoods, gardens, parks, or anywhere else in their area.
Photos can be of wild plants, animals, mushrooms or other evidence of life such as feces, fur, feathers, tracks, shells or carcasses. The images must then be uploaded to the iNaturalist app along with the date and location of the sighting. You don’t even have to know anything about the species you’re watching as iNaturalist uses photo recognition to suggest what it might be.
Teams of experts will also review and update the information submitted so that you can log back in later and learn more about what you’ve discovered. INaturalist can be downloaded from the Apple Store Google Play