The City Nature Challenge is a global event and Logan is one of the more than 106 cities taking part. Harold Ikerd works at the USDA Pollinating Insect Biology Systematics Laboratory at Utah State University and said it’s easy for local citizens to participate. On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, he said you can go to your app store and download the iNaturalist app regardless if you have an iPhone or Android device.
With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a plant or animal and the community will help identify which species it is. The website iNaturalist.org says its a fun challenge to see which city can document the most species during April 26-29. Ikerd said there are several local events related to the challenge.
“There are three events scheduled for this week. One is sponsored by the Stokes Nature Center, they’re calling it Bio-Blitz the River Trail. Once you have the app downloaded, or if you’re not even sure what to do, you can show up Saturday, April 27th at 7 a.m. and it goes to 1 p.m.,” Ikerd said.
He said the Bridgerland Audubon Society is also sponsoring two other events: one being more bird-oriented that will take place Sunday morning at 8 a.m. along the Logan River Golf Course trail to Rendezvous Park. The last one will be Monday, April 29th at 5:30 p.m. at Denzil Stewart Nature Park. For more information, visit iNaturalist.org or LoganNature.org/centerevents.
AUDIO: Harold Ikerd talks to Jason Williams about the City Nature Challenge