Kingston residents are invited to participate in the City Nature Challenge, a friendly competition that aims to contribute to wildlife conservation. For the first time, the City of Kingston will be joining hundreds of cities across Canada and around the world in this initiative, which runs from April 28 to May 1.
To take part, all residents need to do is take photos of any wild plants or animals they come across in their backyard, local park, or across the city and upload them to the iNaturalist platform. This will make them part of an international database of biodiversity that experts will review to confirm the species, helping to understand what plants and critters call our City home.
“This challenge invites us to get outside, explore the natural world around us and see what plant or animal species are living in your neighbourhood, at your local park or near your favourite trail,” says Julie Salter-Keane, manager of Climate Leadership at the City.
“All observations uploaded in Kingston during the challenge will be automatically included in the final count. Only photos taken between April 28 and May 1 will be included in the challenge.”
Kingston is one of 42 cities across Canada that have united to represent Canada in the City Nature Challenge. The collaboration with the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) will track the highest number of wildlife observations across the country.
“Your valuable observations of local biodiversity will give us insights into the health of our local green spaces and will contribute to broader global research and conservation efforts,” adds Julie.
How to participate:
- Find wildlife! It can be any WILD plant, animal or any other evidence of life found in Kingston.
- Take a picture or record a sound! Be sure to note the location of the critter or plant.
- Share your observations through iNaturalist.
The results of the competition will be announced after May 8.