RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – North Carolina, and even here in Raleigh, is full of a variety of plants and insects, and if you’ve ever wanted to learn a little more about them this weekend you can, and all you need is your phone .
Starting Friday, Raleigh and cities around the world will take part in the City Nature Challenge, a project to help document living things such as plants, animals and insects by simply taking pictures.
“It’s really meant to help us see that there really are things in cities, and help us document how many such things are actually there,” explains Chris Hoffart, head of the civic science department at the North Carolina Museum of Natural History.
To take part in the City Nature Challenge is simple: take photos from Friday to Monday, and then upload them to the iNaturalist app:
And even if you don’t know what you’re photographing, the program can show and teach you about what you can see.
Role has been participating in the City Nature Challenge since 2017, and Goforth said it not only helps us learn more about our home, but also allows ordinary people to teach it to others.
“We have a lot of things that live in Raleigh, and people don’t really realize how many there are,” she said. “It’s a way to engage them, help them learn, but also help them share what they see with this international community.”
Sometimes people even come across hidden gems.
A woman in 2019 photographed a plant not seen in Wake County since the 1960s.
“They’re trying to give it a chance to grow up and are definitely looking for it now in more places because someone took a random photo during a city nature competition.”
So what will you find? Pick up your phone and find out.
If you want to get involved, here’s a video tutorial on how uploading photos to the app works.
The City Nature Challenge helps identify species across the Role
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