COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department has joined the multi-city, global event called City Nature Challenge. More than 350 cities worldwide will participate April 30-May 3. Nature and science fans of all ages are asked to observe and submit pictures of wild plants, animals and fungi using the free app iNaturalist. Scientists can use the collected pools of data to understand and conserve urban wildlife.
“Colorado Springs is excited to be part of this effort that will provide important insight about the biodiversity of urban areas,” said Cody Sutton, natural resources specialist with the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department. “We hope people of all ages will join the fun, learn something new about the world around them and help scientists learn more about the biodiversity of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.”
Participating is easy:
1. Find wildlife (plant, animal, fungi, or any evidence of life such as scat, fur or tracks)
2. Take a picture of what you find and note the location of the critter or plant
3. Share your observation by uploading your findings through iNaturalist
The City Nature Challenge was started in 2016 by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences. Colorado Springs has taken part since 2019. For more information, visit CityNatureChallenge.com and iNaturalist.org.