Most recently referred to as “nature-based solutions,” humans are increasingly using nature and its biodiversity as an effective mitigation and adaptation strategy to address the impacts of our changing climate. For example, by restoring forests, grasslands, and wetlands, the air and water is purified through filtration and carbon sequestration. You may not know it, but ecosystems, and their biodiversity building blocks, are climate superheroes in disguise!
However, when the natural world faces irregular patterns of rising temperatures, also known as “climate change”, the lives and roles of these organisms are also threatened. Maintaining the biodiversity of every ecosystem in the world is key to a healthier planet. The first step to maintaining local biodiversity is understanding it and as a Citizen Scientist you can help!
From June 8 to 11, 2023, the Edmonton Valley Zoo encourages Edmontonians to celebrate our local biodiversity by participating in the 2023 Summer Biodiversity Challenge.
Although it sounds like a challenge, participating is so easy. Just use the following steps:
- Download iNaturalist by visiting Google Play or the App Store (or visit inaturalist.ca)
- Search for and join the “metro Edmonton Biodiversity Challenge 2023” project
- Take photos of native biodiversity between June 8-11th (for example, the flora and fauna you find in nature - not your flower beds, cats, or dogs)
- Upload your sightings to iNaturalist by June 18 - your sightings will automatically be filtered into the Summer Biodiversity Challenge results!