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Tshwane residents urged to take part in City Nature Challenge

City of Tshwane MMC for The Environment and Agriculture Management, Dana Wannenburg, has called on residents to participate in the 5th annual City Nature challenge to find and document wildlife in their cities.

This annual challenge is run by the community science teams and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. It began in 2016 but has since grown into an international event, motivating people around the world to find and document wildlife in their cities.

“With covid-19 having negatively impacted the financial wellbeing of the city nature areas, nature reserves like the Rietvlei nature reserves and Fountain Valley could find some joy as residents visit to observe and document wildlife and nature,” said Wannenburg.

He said this was time for Tshwane residents to showcase their love for nature and wildlife and use the four days global bioblittz to gather the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people during the event.

Wannenburg said starting this Friday residents are encouraged to record as much wildlife and plant life around them, whether at home, at the office or in a nature area using the iNaturalist app.

“This could be anything living and wild such as plant species, insects’ spiders, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals,” he said.

He said the Department of Environment and Agriculture Management manages many nature areas throughout the City which people can visit to participate in the challenge, or one can join group activities on prearranged bioblitzes.

“It is easy to take part- all you need is your phone. Download the iNaturalist app and start uploading pictures of wildlife,” said Wannenburg.

“Your records will be verified by a community of naturalists and you can also help people identify what they have found.”

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