San Diego takes part in City Nature Challenge

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - This weekend, from April 27-30, is San Diego’s chance to show the world not only how beautiful the area is, but also how in touch with nature its residents are.

San Diego is one of nearly 70 cities across the world taking part in the 2018 City Nature Challenge. Other cities competing include Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, Japan; New York City; and Los Angeles.

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San Diegans taking part in the competition are asked to take photos of the plant and animal life they observe around them -- from Friday to Monday -- and upload the pictures to the free iNaturalist mobile app. The objective is to “see which area can make the most observations of their local flora and fauna over a 4-day period.”

Organizers of the San Diego effort say: “We want to show the world we have the most nature loving and environmentally conscious residents. And San Diego makes up a large part of one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world, so we should have this in the bag!”

Several City Nature Challenge programs will be held through the weekend around San Diego County. Click here for a list of events and locations.

To help with your picture-taking, iNaturalist says:

Examples of things that are wild: birds flying through a yard, bees and insects visiting flowers, plants growing without irrigation in areas, such as canyons and open spaces.

Examples of things that are not wild: domestic animals like dogs and horses, captive animals at the zoo, planted trees, flowers and the like.

Click here to learn more about the City Nature Challenge

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