ROCKFORD — The Rockford area is participating in the City Nature Challenge for the first time for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
The City Nature Challenge is an international collaboration between cities to document wildlife using the website and app iNaturalist. Wildlife observations are collected from April 24 to 27, providing an opportunity for local residents of all ages and backgrounds to participate in citizen science and help scientists track biodiversity data.
Anyone in Winnebago, Boone, DeKalb, Ogle and Stephenson counties can participate. First, locals must make an iNaturalist account on the website or the free app available for all phone types. After creating an account, locals simply go outside and start taking pictures of plant and animal observations from April 24 through 27. An iNaturalist Scavenger Hunt available on the website adds to the challenge.
The observations will be identified from April 28 through May 3.
For information: seversondells.com/city-nature-challenge; inaturalist.org; tinyurl.com/2020RockfordNatureHunt.