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Help Philly compete in this Global Project to see who can find the most species in our region! The 2024 City Nature Challenge is held April 26th and April 29th (Friday-Monday). On any or all of these days, go out and take a picture of any wild organism in Philadelphia or the 6 adjacent counties and upload it to iNaturalist. Document the plants, animals, and fungi in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, and Bucks counties in PA and Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington counties in NJ…competing against other cities in the world to see who can find the most species in their regions. How to Participate Make it count towards One Million Acts of Science by linking your iNaturalist and SciStarter accounts. [Here]('s how. Go outside and find wildlife Take photos Upload your observations to iNaturalist If you prefer more detailed instructions, here they are: Before the challenge: Download the iNaturalist app for Android or iOS Create an account on iNaturalist (Optional) Create an account on SciStarter. Go to your SciStarter profile->Info & Settings-> scroll down to “Integrations and add your INaturalist user name then click Save. Your participation in the Philly City Nature Challenge will count towards a collective goal of One Million Acts of Science this Citizen Science Month! During the challenge: Go out – You can go to one of our scheduled events or go exploring on your own. You can even hang out in your own backyard. Find any wild thing – Plant, mammal, bird, insect, fungi, fish, or even evidence of living organisms like tracks, shells or scat. A tree gnawed by a beaver can even count as 2 observations! One for the tree and another for the beaver (even if you didn’t actually see the beaver). Make a recording of it – Pictures are preferred, but we can take audio recordings too (video recordings are currently not supported, but you can convert them into small gifs first using something like the ezgif website and then upload the gif). Note your location – Either manually or you can set up your phone as well as many modern cameras to automatically record the GPS coordinates of our photos. Upload your observations – Add your observations to iNaturalist. You don’t need to manually add your observations to the project; the project will automatically aggregate any observations made in the designated area. You can upload observations using the iNaturalist app in the field or from your computer using the iNaturalist website. Check out our resources section for help with this. After the challenge: Identify – Help identify other people’s observations. This will help boost our species totals. Be sure to follow us on social media. Good news! You can earn credit in your SciStarter Dashboard for your participation in this iNaturalist project: 1. On the iNaturalist platform (the host of this project) create an iNaturalist account if you have not already, and locate your iNaturalist username. 2. Copy your iNaturalist username and paste it where instructed on your SciStarter dashboard's "Info & Settings". 3. Click the save button or wait for the page to auto-save. You'll only need to do this one time. In the future, you'll go straight to iNaturalist to participate and you'll earn SciStarter credit each time!