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City Nature Challenge: Bioblitz at Waller Creek

Apr 28 9am—11:30am

Waller Creek Boathouse

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP on Facebook so we know how many people to expect.

Calling all nature lovers and citizen scientists - come celebrate Earth Month with us! This April, during the international City Nature Challenge, team up with The Nature Conservancy in Texas and the Waller Creek Conservancy for a “bioblitz” at Waller Creek. All ages are invited to come learn about the Waller Creek watershed and identify plants and animals in the area using iNaturalist, an app that allows everyday citizens to record what they see in nature and interact with other nature lovers.

Over 500 species have been observed by citizen scientists in the Waller Creek watershed. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get a firsthand look at the nature that exists all around us, even in a highly urbanized area like Austin. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, you can learn more about local nature and make our city better - for you and other species. We hope to see you there!

Who: Nature enthusiasts and citizen scientists of all ages!

Where: Waller Creek, between Lady Bird Lake & Cesar Chavez. Meet at the tent near Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles sculpture at 74 Trinity Street.

Why: A fun, all-ages event during the international City Nature Challenge, a worldwide competition to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species and engage the most people.

SCHEDULE:

9:00 - 9:30 am: Meet at the tent area near the Ai Weiwei Forever Bikes sculpture for an overview of Waller Creek and a quick how-to on using the iNaturalist app.

9:30 - 11:00 am: Break off into groups for the bioblitz, led by expert naturalists who will help with plant/animal identification and field any iNaturalist questions.

11:00 - 11:30 am: Return to meeting site to upload observations, celebrate with snacks and review the observations made during the bioblitz!