City Nature Challenge: Fairfax Master Naturalists educate and organize

By Ana Ka’ahanui, FMN and Director Experiential Programs at Capital Nature

Join us for the #citynaturechallenge, a friendly global effort to safely explore biodiversity April 24-27, 2020! Even with our movement limited to minimize the spread of COVID-19, there is plenty of nature to observe at our windows, gardens, and in our neighborhoods. Join the DC metro area’s fellow citizen scientists to discover and share the amazing life near you!

Join these projects to have your observations counted. City Nature Challenge (April 24-27)
City Nature Month (April 1-30)

Visit www.iNaturalist.org and join the project City Nature Challenge 2020: Washington DC Metro Area: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020-washington-dc-metro-area

Photo and article by Barbara J. Saffir

To encourage people to participate in iNaturalist’s global “City Nature Challenge” bioblitz in April, I’m hosting two virtual Meetups: One through my own Nature  Photography DC/MD/VA Meetup and one through the  Sierra Club’s Meetup.  My fellow Virginia Master Naturalists and the public are invited to join these two free Meetups: https://www.meetup.com/Nature-Photography-DC-MD-VA/events/267877831/ https://www.meetup.com/sierrapotomac/events/270131226/

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  1. Barbara Saffir
    Barbara Saffir says:

    PS: If you want to observe and photograph a sunshine yellow prothonotary warbler like I did, check out the prothonotary nesting boxes on and near the “Easy Road Trail” at Occoquan Bay NWR. These warblers are just returning as of mid-April. You can also find them upriver on the C&O Canal along the Potomac River, on the boardwalk leg of the Mt. Vernon Trail just south of Dyke Marsh, at Mason Neck State Park, and at many other swampy parks. How cool are they? When I attended a world-class warbler festival in Ohio, that was the ONLY warbler I actually saw people RACE to see!

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