Looking for FREE outdoor fun this spring? Help the Twin Cities win the 2018 iNaturalist City Nature Challenge this year by participating on Saturday April 28 10am-2pm! Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge will be officially participating this year in the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge as part of the Twin Cities team. Anyone can volunteer to collect photos of plants, animals and animal sign and add them to the Twin Cities records using iNaturalist. Please register for observation sites here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MNVCityNature Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us study and protect them, but the ONLY way to do that is by all of us - scientists, land managers, and the community - working together to find and document the nature in our area. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make your city a better place - for you and other species! Stop by any of our 3 "official" observation sites on the Refuge between 10am-2pm to record what you see and add to our Twin Cities records! They are: 1. Hillside Trail/Long Meadow Lake Trail Bloomington Education and Visitor Center 3815 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, MN 55425 2. Bass Ponds Trails 2501 86th St. East, Bloomington, 55425. 3. Rapids Lake Trail Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center 15865 Rapids Lake Rd. (formerly Carver Highlands Dr.) Carver, MN 55315 Please register for observation sites here so we can ensure volunteer assistance is available for participants. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MNVCityNature Questions? Please email Nicole Menard at Nicole_Menard@fws.gov, or call 952-858-0716
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