For the first time, Cape Town is taking part in the global City Nature Challenge. This challenge sees cities around the world competing to record the most observations of plant and animal species in their city!
The competition will run from 26 to 29 April 2019 and is open to residents and tourists of all ages to participate.
This is the first year that African cities are taking part, and Cape Town joins Nairobi and Port Harcourt in taking up the challenge.
The City of Cape Town will coordinate activities in the conservation areas around Cape Town and will be opening all of its reserves to scholars and anyone interested in recording, mapping or assisting with the challenge for a period of four days. All you need is your cellphone!
‘Bioblitzes’ and tours of the reserves with local experts and managers will be taking place during the course of this challenge.
Mayoral Committee member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Marian Nieuwoudt has invited all Capetonians to ‘bioblitz’ our nature reserves and natural open areas to record everything alive over those four days.
“With over 150 cities taking part, we know this challenge will be no small task for Cape Town. Our city is incredibly blessed with vast nature reserves and many natural open areas but it is now up to us to showcase and display our fauna and flora. This challenge will provide residents and visitors with a fun opportunity to get outside and actually look for nature in this beautiful city.”
Participants may record any plant, animal, fungi, slime mould or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses) found in Cape Town and should not forget to record the location of their findings.
In order to share these observations and participate in the challenge, participants need to register on iNaturalist.com and upload all the findings.
Schools, universities and social groups are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to facilitate, manage and support student outdoor learning and exploration in schoolyards, nearby parks, or other green spaces.
For more information, contact Eleanor Hutchings at Eleanor.Hutchings@capetown.gov.za or Tony Rebelo at email@example.com.
Interested participants are encouraged to visit the site and download the iNaturalist app to prepare! Click HERE to find out more and to download the app.