ST. LOUIS, Mo. — It’s not only a global economy, it’s a global ecology, too. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) joins the rest of the St. Louis metro area in the worldwide City Nature Challenge. St. Louis is one of more than 160 cities around the globe to take on the challenge. There are 12 MDC locations in the St. Louis region that will be host sites for the four-day event, which takes place Friday, April 26--Monday, April 29.
This innovative effort will enable people to become citizen scientists, so they can observe and record as many species of plants, birds and animals as possible during the four-day period. The objective is to create a snapshot of the biodiversity that can be found around the metro area, including wild plants, insects, birds, and mammals, fish, frogs, fungi, and other forms of life.
There is no cost to take part in the City Nature Challenge, but MDC recommends taking the following steps:
The following conservation areas and MDC sites will be part of the event:
Visit the online MDC atlas at http://bit.ly/2GmMOR5 to find details, locations, maps, and directions for each location.
In addition to visiting the MDC sites listed, participants can also take the challenge in backyards, local parks, other conservation areas, or at any outdoor location across the bi-state area.
Citizens can make a real difference by collecting valuable information and contributing to a larger, world-wide effort.