The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is participating in the international City Nature Challenge this year. County residents will be part of a Metro Washington area team as part of the global collaboration built around identifying things in the wild.
The challenge begins at 12:01 a.m. local time on April 29 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 2. Residents can participate by going outside to their neighborhood, backyard or park, then look to see what’s there and take pictures of wild plants, animals and fungi. Download the photos via a free app provided by iNaturalist.
The identification will take place by crowdsourcing and the results will be announced on May 9th.
For the event, Fairfax County is part of the Washington region which includes the District of Columbia, 14 Northern Virginia counties, five Maryland counties and Jefferson County, W.Va.
Volunteers can register on the park authority’s website and record sightings at any of the 429 FCPA parks. Registrants will receive links to virtual trainings and log their volunteer hours through the park authority system.
For more information on participating in this fun and engaging volunteer opportunity, visit volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/custom/1380/opp_details/186725.
The City Nature Challenge is organized by the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. More information about the supporting parks can be found on the park authority’s website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks. Further information on the challenge can be found on the City Nature Challenge website at citynaturechallengedc.org.
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