News from the Friends of Nose Hill

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A bioinventory documents plants, habitat, aquatic and wildlife species, sensitive ecosystems, and rare species. Help science by being mindful of local plants, birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, frogs, amphibians, spiders, lichens, fungi, and algae. Citizen scientists can now pay attention to plants and animals in Nose Hill Park, a well-defined natural area, with an abundance of remarkable flora and fauna. As an online project which aims to record and map observations made by park users, the Nose Hill Park Bioinventory contains: 268 observers, 453 identifiers, 517 species, and 3,118 observations. Visit www.inaturalist.org/projects/nose-hill-park-bioinventory. Some familiar sights are white tailed deer, the N.A. porcupine, white tailed jackrabbits, and coyotes. Less so are the boreal chorus frog, dawson’s spur-throat grasshopper, northern pocket gopher, and even the single-celled-protozoan in storm water. Another sample yields, “wandering” and “western terrestrial” garter snakes. Look up at the horned grebe, swainson’s hawk, American goldfinch, northern shrike.

The City Nature Challenge returns in Calgary and surrounding municipalities (Airdrie, Chestermere, Cochrane, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, and Okotoks). Taking pictures of wild plants and animals, April 30 to May 3, and identifying the images, May 4 to 9. The results will be announced May 10. Our City will be under a total “bioblitz” and compete with 250+ other cities around the world. It is a free event. Take photos and make audio recordings using your phone, tablet, and camera. Post your observations using the app on your phone or online. Join the challenge to see how Calgary’s urban biodiversity compares. In 2020, our results put us in the top 50 cities. Of all Canadian cities, YYC achieved more observations, documented the most species, and engaged the most observers. More than 755 species were reported. www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-calgary-metropolitan-region.