West Metro Chapter Meeting – April 12 – Minnetonka

Thu Apr 12: Celebrate Citizen Science Day – Learn About the City Nature Challenge 2018! Author and conservation specialist Heather Holm will discuss why and how to use the iNaturalist.org software, and others on the site can help confirm or identify your observations. Learn about the worldwide City Nature Challenge 2018! This program is in its third year, and Minneapolis/St. Paul’s seven-county metro area is in the running for the first time! Which city will have the most observations? Participants? Species?

Afterwards, head outside to photograph wildlife and plants (till sunset at 7:55 p.m.). Return to the meeting room to learn how to upload your observations to iNaturalist.org. Then check your data as well as everyone else’s to see what others are seeing in your fave spots! If you have one, bring your smartphone, tablet or laptop; we will have a few available for use as well. Now you are ready to participate in the City Nature Challenge!

Fri Apr 27, through Mon Apr 30: Volunteer to Help Others Observe Nature in Minnetonka Parks for City Nature Challenge 2018!!! Choose your favorite place in the seven-county metro area and/or one of Minnetonka’s 51 parks to help others observe nature, document it, and if you like to report the observation in the field. WMC needs volunteers at these locations to help the public. Set your time, and the public will be notified of your availability! And don’t worry about identification, we’ll do that in May.

Tue May 1, Wed May 2, and Thu May 3: Identify Observations from April 27-30! Enter your identifications on iNaturalist. Check back on your account to see if others have confirmed your identifications and see how many Research Grade id’s you muster! Feeling confident? Identify others’ observations if you like.

For more information, please visit West Metro Chapter of MN Master Naturalist Volunteers.