COLORADO SPRINGS – There is an open invitation for locals in and around Colorado Springs to help document wild biodiversity. Colorado Springs is one of 160 communities globally, where willing “citizen scientists” can take part in the City Nature Challenge.
The challenge portion of this creates a friendly competition between cities. “We’d love to be able to say we had the greatest level of participation,” said City of Colorado Springs, Parks Manager, Kim King. It is fun crowd sourcing if information that can be used for nature study and science.
Taking part is simple. Take digital pictures of wildlife, bugs and plant. Then upload them either on line or the free Inaturalist app. “It’s very user friendly, but the data it’s collecting is very powerful,” said King.
There is a window from April 26th to April 29th for taking and submitting pictures. Go to the Colorado Springs Nature Challenge link for details on participating.