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NatureQuest: Unveiling Biodiversity at Richard St. Barbe Afforestation Area City Nature Challenge 2024

Unleash the power of nature in Saskatoon! Join Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. for an invigorating biodiversity recording and observation event – NatureQuest: Unveiling Biodiversity at Richard St. Barbe Afforestation Area (urban regional park) in Saskatoon, SK.

Date & Time: Friday, April 26, 2024, at 7:00 PM Directions to parking area P2

Overview: Embark on a thrilling adventure at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area for the City Nature Challenge 2024 in Saskatoon. This event is a communal citizen-science effort to record the incredible variety of species within this unique urban oasis. It’s not just an exploration of nature; it’s an opportunity to engage with the environment, contribute valuable data for science and conservation, and have a lot of fun!

Why Join:

  • Connect with Nature: Immerse yourself in the beauty of Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, an urban refuge teeming with life.
  • Meet Like-minded Explorers: Join naturalists, scientists, and fellow curious individuals for an exciting outdoor experience.
  • Contribute to Science: Be part of a collective effort to uncover the diverse plants, animals, fungi, and organisms residing in this picturesque location.
  • City Nature Challenge: Saskatoon aims to win the prestigious title of the most biodiverse city. Your participation is crucial!
  • Heritage: Learn a bit about who Richard St. Barbe Baker was, and the beginnings of this afforestation area, a unique eco-tone in the prairies

Event Highlights:

  • Snap Pictures (April 26-29): Record sounds, and Capture images of wild plants and animals using iNaturalist.
  • Identification (April 30-May 5): Participate in identifying the discovered species during the challenge’s second stage.

Results Announcement: Witness the unveiling of results on Monday, May 6, 2024, showcasing Saskatoon’s unique biodiversity.

How to Participate: Whether you’re a seasoned naturalist or enjoy a leisurely stroll, everyone is welcome! It’s an easy, enjoyable way to explore the outdoors and showcase Saskatoon’s natural beauty.

Curious About What It Entails? Check out our iNaturalist YouTube What is It? You Found What Where? helping to document– any plant, animal, or sign of life in your city. Record audio or snap a picture with your smartphone and share your observations through iNaturalist or your city’s chosen platform. Signs of life observations are accepted too—anything that was once living or represents something living. These signs indicate the presence of life, leaving remnants like feathers, fur tufts, roadkill, bones, skeletons, partial skeletons, snake skins, teeth, insect prey in a spider web, spider webs, owl pellets, castings, turkey vulture or waterfowl regurgitation, insect frass or animal scat (poop) , bird or animal tracks, an empty or full chrysalis or cocoon, and more. It’s an opportunity to unveil the less obvious aspects of the region’s wildlife. 🎨🌳 #CNCYXE2024

Take action locally
It’s a fun challenge to take action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 (Life on Land) and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life Under Water). Documenting species at risk, engaging in early detection and rapid response for invasive species, and to document biodiversity which indicates to scientists species expansions and declines worldwide, and any changes in their habitat range helping to enrich knowledge for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).

Fun Facts: Did you know the iNaturalist app acts as a nature journal and notes the location of the critter or plant? Plus, artificial intelligence provides suggestions based on your outdoor observations!

More Information: Learn more about the Saskatoon City Nature Challenge 2024 and join us in making it a work of art and science, showcasing Saskatoon’s natural splendor like never before! 🎨🌳 #CNCYXE2024 #AIArtNature

About Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas: We’re an environmental charity dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Join us in empowering the community to protect and sustain our local environment. Be part of the NatureQuest and make a positive impact on Saskatoon’s natural heritage! 🌳📸

Join Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. for City Nature Challenge 2024, CNC YXE 2024, and let’s shine a spotlight on the natural wonders of the Saskatoon area! From April 26 to April 29, 2024, use the free smartphone app iNaturalist to capture sound recordings and images of plants, animals, insects, and mushrooms. Saskatoon is vying for the prestigious title of the most biodiverse city, and we need your enthusiastic participation! Did you know you can observe organisms and record them on the free iNaturalist app anywhere in Saskatoon and area? The bus stop, at a soccer game, along a sidewalk hike, on a dog walk, or even at one of the scheduled events.

The challenge unfolds in two stages:

April 26 to April 29, 2024: Snap pictures of wild plants and animals. (sound recordings too)
April 30 to May 5, 2024: Identify the discovered species.
Results will be unveiled on Monday, May 6, 2024.

Check out the Scheduled Saskatoon Events! Where are these forests in Saskatoon? Come discover them!

  1. NatureQuest: Unveiling Biodiversity at Richard St. Barbe Afforestation Area Fri, Apr 26, 2024 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST FB, Eventbrite, Free Tickets
  2. Saskatoon Safari: Genereux Park Exploration Sat, Apr 27, 2024 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CST FB, Eventbrite, Free Tickets
  3. Nature Unveiled: Richard St. Barbe Revelry Sun, Apr 28, 2024 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CST FB Eventbrite, Free Tickets
  4. Nature Unveiled: Biodiversity Quest at George Genereux Park Mon, Apr 29, 2024 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST FB, Eventbrite, Free Tickets

Curious about what it entails?
Check out our YouTube tutorial on finding biodiversity; it could be any plant, animal, or sign of life in your city. Record the audio or Snap a picture with your smartphone and share your observations through iNaturalist or your city’s chosen platform.

Signs of life observations are accepted, too – things that were once living or represent something that is living, leaving remnants like feathers, fur tufts, roadkill, bones, skeletons, partial skeletons, snake skins, teeth, insect prey in a spider web, spider webs, owl pellets, castings, turkey vulture or waterfowl regurgitation, insect frass or animal scat (poop), bird or animal tracks, an empty or full chrysalis or cocoon, and more.

Find it, Snap it, Share it.

It will be a time to see which city could get the most people involved, which city finds the highest diversity in types of species, and finally, which city gets the most photographs and sound recordings on iNaturalist.

It’s a fun challenge to take action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 Life on Land and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 Life Under Water. Documenting species at risk, engaging in early detection and rapid response for invasive species, and to document biodiversity which indicates to scientists species expansions and declines worldwide, and any changes in their habitat range helping to enrich knowledge for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Date

Apr 26 2024

Time

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
355 Township Road 362-A, Saskatoon, SK, CA
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