2018 STL City Nature Challenge

Join with others in the St. Louis Region by participating in the STL City Nature Challenge 2018.

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Join with others in the St. Louis Region by participating in the STL City Nature Challenge 2018.

This exciting effort will involve 65 cities around the world -- each striving to observe as many species of wild plants, birds and animals as possible during the City Nature Challenge period, April 27-30, 2018.

The City of St. Louis will be using the STL City Nature Challenge as an opportunity to help build the City’s Urban Biodiversity Inventory through citizen science observations with the free iNaturalist app.  

iNaturalist Application

To learn more about recording species observations with the free iNaturalist app, please join at the 2018 STL City Nature Challenge website and check out this terrific iNaturalist "how to" resource developed by the Saint Louis Zoo.

Resources

The City of St. Louis and its partners at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri Department of Conservation and Saint Louis Zoo have developed nature and wildlife Springtime FIELD ID Reference Sheets to help guide and encourage identification of indicator species in 5 urban habitats of interest.  Additional logistics and many more details are included in a STL City Nature Challenge Participant Guide, developed by the Garden. If you are an educator, the Garden has also developed an excellent Educator Guide to support your classroom citizen science efforts.  

Hosted Events

If you would like to participate in the Challenge with others, note that several locations in the City and throughout the Greater St. Louis Region will host nature events, or be available to help with iNaturalist and species identification. Descriptions and details for STL City Nature Challenge events hosted in the City of St. Louis are here.  If you would like to participate on your own, feel free to use the FIELD ID sheets at home, work or in places like City Parks

Events

Events being hosted for the STL City Nature Challenge between April 27-30th in the City of St. Louis are as follows: 

FRIDAY, APRIL 27

iNaturalist Support with David Wilson at Forest Park

Where: Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, Forest Park

When: 9 a.m. to noon


SATURDAY, APRIL 28

Save the Frog Day with Herpetologists of the Saint Louis Zoo

Where: Meet at the Herpetarium at the Saint Louis Zoo.

When: 9 a.m. to noon

Forest Park with Ecologists, Gary Schimmelpfenig & Thibaud Aronson

Where: Kennedy Savanna; meet at the intersection of Rosebury Avenue and S. Skinker Blvd. The Group will walk over to the Savanna.

When: 10:00 a.m. to noon

Guided Biodiversity Hike at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Where: Missouri Botanical Garden (meet at PlantLab classroom behind the Climatron)
When: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Nature Tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum with Naturalists

Where: Bellefontaine Cemetery & Arboretum, meet at the front gate.

When: 10 a.m. to noon

Assess Habitat at O' Fallon Park with the Missouri Department of Conservation

Where: O'Fallon Park RecPlex; meet at the front entrance.

When: 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Evening Owl Prowl with Mark Glenshaw at Forest Park

Where: Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, Forest Park

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

RSVP to Mark by email mglenshaw@gmail.com to receive an e-mail from with instructions on what to wear and bring on the owl prowl.  Group size limited to 10 people, 2 attendees maximum per RSVP, no children under 4.


CITY NATURE CHALLENGE EVENTS ON SUNDAY, APRIL 29

Beginning Birding with Audubon & Webster Groves Nature Society at Tower Grove Park

Where: Tower Grove Park, meet at Gaddy Bird Garden in the northwest corner of the park.

When: 9-11 a.m.

Get Your National Park Prescription Filled at the Park "Rx" Day with the National Park Service at the Arch

Where: Luther Ely Smith Square (11 North 4th Street) at the Gateway Arch National Park.

When: 9 a.m. to noon

Pollinators at Bellerive Park with Brightside St. Louis

Where: Bellerive Park, meet at the playground.

When: 11:00 a.m. AND ALSO at 1:00 p.m.

Questions: contact Brightside St. Louis: (314) 772-4646

Learn Birding Techniques from a Bird Keeper at the Saint Louis Zoo

Where: Saint Louis Zoo, Deck area by Ray’s Grill (bear the Stingrays at Caribbean cove, between the two lakes).

When: 11 a.m. to noon

Guided Biodiversity Hike at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Where: Missouri Botanical Garden (meet at PlantLab classroom behind the Climatron
When: 1 – 2:30 PM

Event Materials

STL City Nature Challenge 2018 - Save the Date
City Nature Challenge Field ID Guides
STL City Nature Challenge 2018 - Special Events
STL City Nature Challenge 2018 Guided / Self-Guided Experiences
STL City Nature Challenge 2018 - Educator Guide

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