City Nature Challenge Walk – Barrick Oaks Homestead Preserve
May 1, 2022 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 amFree
We are starting early, and with a focus on birds. Join us for a fairly leisurely hike along the creek at this gorgeous preserve.
Take part in the worldwide City Nature Challenge to record your observations of living things in nature. We are part of the Rock River Valley Team—last year 144 participants submitted over 5,500 observations to the iNaturalist app, surpassing even the city of Chicago in numbers. Citizen science helps us understand our prairie, wetland, and woodland habitats—the Rock River Valley team took photos of over 750 species of plants, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, fungus, and arthropods. There’s no need for field guides, and no need to be an expert—once you submit a photo through the app, scientists, students, researchers, and experts will tag the photo with an identification.
We’ll give a brief explanation of how to use the app (it’s easy!) before we go on our hike. Dress for potentially muddy conditions on intermediate trails.
Other: If you would like to participate in the citizen science aspect of this hike, please install the iNaturalist app on your phone and create an account.
No registration required for these walks.