Leon County is participating in the City Nature Challenge, an international competition between cities to see which one can observe the most species of plant or animal (or fungi, lichen, etc.) over a four day period, using the iNaturalist app.
The Challenge runs from Friday, April 26 through Monday, April 29. There will be organized events within the Challenge, such as EcoCitizen Day on April 27, which is based at Railroad Square but with locations throughout the county (https://www.facebook.com/events/900812456948801/). There is also a bioblitz at the L. Kirk Edwards WMA (https://www.facebook.com/events/214884922713702/) and a kayak bioblitz of Lake Lafayette on April 28 (https://www.facebook.com/events/309585606365563/) .
But even if you don't participate in the organized events, any observation in Leon County during these four days adds to our Challenge total, whether it's a bird or butterfly in your yard, flowers growing wild in an empty lot, or anything you might encounter while at a park.
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