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Wednesday, February 19 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The City Nature Challenge: Exploring Urban Nature for Engagement and Conservation

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The City Nature Challenge is a global, city-scale BioBlitz event hosted on iNaturalist that frames a biodiversity survey as a friendly competition between cities or metropolitan areas. This event provides a variety of opportunities for connecting people with nature in and around these areas, whether at local nature-tourism and wildlife-viewing venues or in their own back yards. Additionally, City Nature Challenge participants contribute to nature stewardship through collection of valuable citizen science data. This session will present two coordinators’ perspectives on the value of taking the City Nature Challenge: a statewide view of the event’s value to biodiversity monitoring across multiple, fast-growing metro areas in Texas and a focused look at lessons learned at the local level in Leon County/Tallahassee, Florida. We will discuss key outcomes from the event, ways it can build local partnerships and engagement with nature, and how the data generated can contribute to biodiversity conservation and resource management.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Schold

Liz Schold

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Liz is the coordinator of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, where she promotes and facilitates birding and wildlife viewing activities and education across the state. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in evolutionary... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Tania Homayoun

Dr. Tania Homayoun

Texas Parks & Wildlife
Tania is a Texas Nature Tracker Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Through Texas Nature Trackers, she engages naturalists of all interests and ability levels in collecting citizen science and crowd-sourced data on Texas’ unique flora and fauna with a particular focus on species... Read More →



Wednesday February 19, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Poseidon Room

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