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As part of City Nature Challenge 2023, Dr. Dan Levitis leads this underwater exploration of creek insects at Sugarloaf. We'll start off at the back deck of the Visitor Center and move down to the creekbed after learning about the major groups of insects that can be found in the creek. Creekside, Dr. Levitis will demonstrate a few techniques for finding them, and will have little nets and containers to lend. We'll have a volunteer help operate a digital microscope connected to a screen, through which we'll be able to see some of the organisms found.
Participants of any level of experience can help find, photograph, and/or identify life in the park. Smartphones with the iNaturalist app will be our main tool, but those lacking phones are also welcome to participate. If you haven’t used iNaturalist, or haven’t made an observation for a while, this is your chance – just make sure to load the iNaturalist app on your phone before you arrive. Alternatively, you can join our iNaturalist Introduction & BioBlitz with Dr. Dan on Friday, 4/28, prior to attending this event. Meet at the back deck of the Visitor Center. Bring water, a full battery on your mobile device (or alternatively, a camera), and sun protection. Tickets are $5. Parking fees apply; rain cancels.
City Nature Challenge runs from April 28th to May 1st, 2023. It’s a bioblitz-style friendly competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people. Learn more about City Nature Challenge or view the Sugarloaf Project here!
This event is part of the Challenge along with other events scheduled from 4/28-5/1.
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Date & Time
Sun, Apr 30, 2023 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM