City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge is on right now! All observations in Williams Lake and the Cariboo Region will be counted towards the City Nature Challenge. We have until the end of Monday, May 2 to observe all the biodiversity we can find in and around our city. Join the fun by snapping photos of plants, animals, and more this weekend!

This year, more than 40 Canadian cities, and over 450 global cities are taking part! To see how the Cariboo Region stacks up against other Canadian cities, follow along in the City Nature Challenge Canada umbrella project here.

https://inaturalist.ca/projects/city-nature-challenge-canada-2022-defi-nature-urbaine

Our number one priority is the safety of all participants, including the wildlife we aim to observe. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you’re out enjoying nature this weekend.

Leave No Trace

This year the City Nature Challenge is promoting Leave No Trace to remind all participants to take only photos and leave only footprints. Let’s all do our part to be great stewards of the land and not disturb wildlife or trample native vegetation. Please stick to designated trails, so we leave our parks better than we found them!

Play Clean Go

Do you take the time to clean off your hiking boots or outdoor gear? While it’s still early in the season, we want to ensure we are not bringing any invasive hitchhikers from one park to another. In addition, this season is a concern for avian flu and our native bird populations. It’s recommended to clean your boots before going from one birding location to another to help minimize any possible spread.

Respect Wildlife

Wild animals need space! Please respect our wildlife by keeping a safe distance and observing them for short periods of time! Avoid handling or picking up any small creatures, and always replace any rocks or logs after you’ve peeked underneath. And please do not feed wildlife as this habituates animals to our presence, and may cause sickness or even death.

Ensure Your Own Safety

Bring water and snacks when heading out for a long day of enjoying nature. It’s always better to go as a group or with a friend. But if you’re heading out alone make sure someone knows where you’re going and what time you will be back! Wear good shoes and carry a first aid kit and a whistle.

Make your time spent in nature even more interesting by taking along some optional gear such as a ruler or coin for scale, a hand lens for close up shots or binoculars.

Enjoy connecting with nature during the 2022 City Nature Challenge!

Anotado por invasive_species_council_of_bc invasive_species_council_of_bc, 30 de abril de 2022 a las 01:08 PM

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