As we say goodbye to April showers and hello to May flowers, you too can bloom and grow by taking part in the Philadelphia City Nature Challenge, a 4-day bio-blitz where cities worldwide see who can record the most wildlife. Besides being a fun challenge, this is also a great way to engage in citizen science and document our areas’ biodiversity. Between April 30 and May 3, 2021 (Friday-Monday), Philadelphia and its adjacent counties will see who can find the most species in their regions. The City of Philadelphia alone has recorded more than 325 species of birds. Numerous butterflies, including monarchs, live and breed in the city, and there are snakes, frogs, dragonflies, foxes, bats, and much more to experience in our area. The City Nature Challenge gives us a way to explore and document the biodiversity in the cities and suburbs we call home. In turn, it is helpful for science and conservation. If you are interested in joining in and helping Philly win, download the iNaturalist app (or visit the iNaturalist.org website) and start documenting the wildlife in your area. So, get ready to get out there and take pictures of any wild organism and upload it to iNaturalist.
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Wendy Williams, MSW
Public Awareness and ChildFind Coordinator
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has” said Margaret Mead, an American Cultural Anthropologist. This quote contains such truth and reflects the mission of an upcoming DBHIDS event called, My City, My Place Bright Future Awards on March 13th in Philadelphia. This one of a kind event acknowledges “that small group of thoughtful, committed citizens” who make this world a better place
Philadelphia’s Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program has certified over 5,500 since its inception in Jan. 2012