03/08/2018

College News

Macaulay Honors College to Host the 2018 City Nature Challenge


Macaulay Honors College has been named the official New York City host of the City Nature Challenge, a national, four-day public event that invites New Yorkers to contribute to science education and benefit New York City’s unique urban wildlife environment. The New York City Nature Challenge will bring together nature lovers of all ages in the greenspaces of their communities to record examples of urban wildlife with smartphones.

Throughout April 27-30, public parks, preservation societies, gardens and other natural organizations around New York City’s five boroughs will host City Nature Challenge events that are open to all. Macaulay students, staff and faculty will be on hand to teach and guide participants. Then, after the 4 days of observation has ended, students will help properly identify and catalog the species in a marathon technological session. Macaulay will share the results of the challenge with the public, students, and educators later in the Spring.

Local citizen scientists from all walks of life will represent New York City in this national challenge, taking place in cities all across the country. In addition to a bit of friendly city-to-city competition, our efforts will contribute to our understanding of urban wildlife and the United States as a whole.

The event expands the scientific body of knowledge so that educators can instill a love for science and planners can build cities that work better for humans and wildlife. The City Nature Challenge was created by iNaturalist.org and the California Academy of Sciences.

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