Diario del proyecto City Nature Challenge 2021: eThekwini

25 de febrero de 2021

City Nature Challenge iNaturalist courses - Durban

Virtual training sessions will be hosted by the CREW team every Friday morning during March and April. Leave your name in the comments below with the date that best suits you. The link for MS Teams or Zoom will be shared. Evening training sessions may be arranged as required for 18:30 - 19:30. Leave a comment should you be interested.

In-person training for a group of 10 people max can be arranged. Please post your requests in comments below for further engagement.

Prerequisites to join a course:

  1. Good internet connection.
  2. iNaturalist APP preloaded onto your mobile device.
  3. iNaturalist profile created .Make contact prior to the session should you have challenges creating a profile.
  4. an image to upload

Weekly sessions will be as follows:
1-hour Smartphone session (9:00 - 10:00) will cover the following topics:
• Making an observation
• Doing lots of pictures
• Zooming in
• Observe and leave IDs for after
• Adding projects
• Saving
• Working offline with auto-upload off and ID suggestions off
• Battery and saving power + auxillary packs
• Extras: macro lenses, sounds,
• Uploading at night
• Questions

1-hour Computer session (10:30-11:30) will cover the following topics:
• Taking photos
• Doing mapwork (tricks: tracks on smartphone or GPS, inserting exif)
• Cropping and checking
• Uploading observations
• Adding projects and data
• Checking.
• Checking data and uploads
• Helping with IDs
• Homework: planning for the CNC

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24 de febrero de 2021

Frequently Asked Questions about Participating in City Nature Challenge

Q: Do I have to register to participate, or is joining iNaturalist enough?
• All you have to do is join iNaturalist and make observations during the four days of the City Nature Challenge (30 April – 03 May 2021) within the eThekwini Municipality limits see map on project page https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-ethekwini and upload them on or before the 9th of May 2021. While contributing to the City Nature Challenge, observations will also automatically be contributing to the various nature reserves, DMOSS sites and other places of biodiversity significance. The iNaturalist website will handle that all automatically. All you have to do is photograph and upload with the iNaturalist app or website https://www.inaturalist.org/places/south-africa

Q: What happens if the weather turns ugly and we cannot get out on those days?
• There are four days (30 April – 03 May 2021). We will just have to try harder on the best days.

Q: Why is the Challenge in autumn, instead of spring when things are happening?
• Invented by citizen science staff at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences, the City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. The Challenge is set according to the northern hemisphere’s spring. Australia has initiated a Southern Bioblitz and we will participate in both events.

Q: I don’t feel safe to be in public spaces during the pandemic or am unable to leave my home. How can I participate in the Challenge?
• Explore your home, basement, garage, garden get to know nature in your neighbourhood. Record your garden plants, weeds, pot plants (just mark them as 'planted') bees, flies, butterflies, birds, ants, pests (aphids, millipedes, snails and caterpillars), chameleons and lizards, insects, worms during the day. Whip out the flashlight for night observations. You may want to obscure the observation’s location to prevent your home location becoming public if you are concerned about privacy. On the other hand some people create projects and advertise their gardens. It is entirely up to you.
• Road verges and roadside trees also count, just remember to mark those planted accordingly.

Q: How can I track progress during the Challenge to see how many observations and species and participants there are?
• Visit this project, or bookmark this link: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-ethekwini - it will continuously update as the Challenge progresses.
• Check out the global competition here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021 - this is continuously updated, so you can monitor progress. Remember that we are near GMT, so almost half the world is ahead of us (starting with New Zealand 10 hours ahead) and half behind (ending with Hawaii 14 hours behind).

Q: How do I find out where a species has been recorded in the city?
• On the iNaturalist web page, choose "Explore", and add in the organism name (you can use common names) and the place (eThekwini) and you can look at the map, observations, species (if you have chosen a genus or family), and the observers and identifiers in the area.

Q: How do I find a checklist for a nature reserve or other place?
• On the iNaturalist web page, choose More, select places, and enter the name of the place you are interested in. On the page, choose the checklist option below the filters on the left. You can narrow down the checklist to any group, family or genus that you are interested in. For example:
Butterflies of New Germany: https://www.inaturalist.org/check_lists/1181211-New-Germany-Nature-Reserve-Check-List?q=&view=photo&taxon=47224

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23 de febrero de 2021

What is required to participate in the Challenge?

How does it work?

  1. Simply take your smartphone and load the iNaturalist app from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android&hl=en_ZA&gl=US
  2. Sign up to iNaturalist.
    And you are ready. Do this now! Although the competition is in April, please practice in the meantime, so that you will be slick when the time comes.

Ensure that your GPS unit or mobile/ camera locality is on and then find something - a plant or animal, or some sign of it like scats, spoor, quills or remains.
Take a photograph or two. to show the different features from different angles, with some close-ups of features, such as heads, legs, wings, and bodies of animals, and flowers, bracts, leaves and stems of plants, and views of the gills or undersides of fungi. This will help considerably with making an accurate identification.
The iNaturalist App will streamline the process. And send. To save time and data, you can leave the downloading for when you are connected via WIFI.

Some rules (sorry there are always rules):
● No people please - definitely no selfies. Your domestic dogs and cats do not count either. Ideally wild animals please, but if in doubt, bag it.
● Use your zoom to take a closeup photo: to qualify we will have to identify your observation (we do that the week afterwards) and small images are impossible: please zoom in as much as possible.
● Please only post one observation for a species at a place at a time - several photographs are needed for many plants and insects, so keep them on one observation. If you are going to several sites during the day it is OK to photograph the same species of animals or plants again each time.
● Only observations made within the city limits between midnight and midnight between the 30 April and 03 May will count.

And that is it.
Stakeout your favourite natural or city areas. Check out https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/nature-reserves-and-open-spaces-of-durban
Decide on which sites you will visit. Make your own teams.
You are ready for the City Nature Challenge 2021.
Time to do a little practicing so that you know the ropes for the event....

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22 de febrero de 2021

eThekwini 's Biodiversity

Would you like to participate in the City Nature Challenge though not familiar with the natural areas you can explore in eThekwini?
Our aim is for the Challenge to introduce you to the City's natural areas as well as improving the resources and data sets for both visitors and conservation managers.

The city contains several nature reserves, each with their own project.
These include Amanzimtoti Nature Reserve, Burman Bush Nature Reserve, Durban Botanic Gardens, Empisini Nature Reserve, Happy Valley Nature Reserve, Ilanda Wilds Nature Reserve, Ilovo River Picnic Site, Inanda Reserve, Iphithi Nature Reserve, Kraanzkloof Nature Reserve, Kwadabeka Conservancy, Mariannwood Nature Reserve, New Germany Nature Reserve Fauna and Flora, Palmiet Nature Reserve, Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve, Roosfontein Nature Reserve, Seaton Park Nature Reserve, Shongweni Nature Reserve, Silverglen Nature Reserve, Durban, Springside Nature Reserve, Virginia Bush Nature Reserve.
We will be adding operational times, species lists and management plans where possible.

Of course, not all of our biodiversity occurs in nature reserves.
There are urban open spaces, parks, rivers, and of course our own gardens. Why not document the birds, insects and other wildlife in your garden?

We have included most of Durban's natural spaces here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/nature-reserves-and-open-spaces-of-durban

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