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Event Series Event Series: City of Salem City Nature Challenge

City of Salem City Nature Challenge

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

The City Nature Challenge is a four-day worldwide challenge where community members go out and make observations using their cell phone of wild plants and wild animals using the iNaturalist app. These observations go into a large database used by scientists to further their knowledge and research on biodiversity. You can be a citizen scientist by participating in this challenge! Learn more by listening to this radio interview with two of the event planners.

How to Participate

  • Download the iNaturalist app available in the Google Play and Apple app stores. Make an iNaturalist account.
  • Take photos of wild plants and animals during the four days of the challenge. The challenge takes place in April each year.
  • Upload your observations to share with the iNaturalist community.
  • You can make observations on your own during the challenge dates or attend a City of Salem bioblitz event.

2024 Challenge Dates: April 26 – 29

City of Salem Bioblitz Events
Friday, April 26

Owl Prowl, Insect Spotlight
7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Minto Brown Island Park, 2200 Minto Island Rd. SW, Salem

Saturday, April 27

Native & Invasive Plants, Bird Watching & ID
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Minto Brown Island Park, 2200 Minto Island Rd. SW, Salem

Riparian Plants & Birds
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Orchard Heights Park, 1165 Orchard Heights Rd. NW, Salem

Prairie Habitat Plants & Birds
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Orchard Heights Oak Savannah, 1970 Orchard Heights Rd. NW, Salem

Bees & Butterflies, Insects
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
OSU Extension Marion County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 3180 Center St., Salem

Sunday, April 28

Plant ID, Family Scavenger Hunt
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Englewood Park, 1260 19th St. NE, Salem

Plant ID
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Bush Pasture Park, 890 Mission St. SE, Salem

Monday, April 29

Riparian Plants, Birds
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Bush Pasture Park, 890 Mission St. SE, Salem

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