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May 29, 2022

Welcome to the BioDiverCity Challenge: Calgary!

The Calgary region is joining almost two dozen municipalities in western Canada and northwestern USA, to participate in a bioblitz, June 9-12.
You don't have to "join" this project to have your observations tabulated in the bioblitz; it automatically includes all public iNaturalist observations within the boundaries and time frame. But feel free to join if you'd like occasional updates and a summary of the results (and to find out about future bioblitzes in metro Calgary).

Guidelines for the bioblitz are as follows:
Observation Dates: observations must be made between 12:01AM June 9, and midnight June 12, 2022.
Boundaries: Municipal city limits for Calgary, Airdrie, Okotoks, Chestermere, and Cochrane, plus Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.
Observations: All observations made to iNaturalist within the boundary and time frame are automatically tabulated in the results for each region, not including captive or cultivated organisms. Casual observations (obs. of captive or cultivated organisms, and/or those without supporting photos or sound files) are allowed, but if they account for more than 5% of our observations, then for the purposes of the regional bioblitz competition (see below), our results will be recalculated to exclude those casual observations.
Reporting dates: you must upload your observations to iNaturalist by midnight June 19. Note - if your submission date is after June 12, make sure the observation date is correct and is between June 9-12, to be tabulated in the bioblitz.
Preliminary results: compiled after midnight June 19.
Final results: tabulated as of midnight July 31. We're allowing another 6 weeks here for people to make identifications; much longer than for the recent City Nature Challenge.

Guidelines for some friendly competition:
A total of (at least) 10 western Canadian municipalities, and 12 northwestern USA municipalities are participating in the 2022 Biodiversity Challenge. To help drum up some 'buzz', and get some friendly competition going, we're having a competition, to see which region can get the most participants, observations, and species. Recognizing that some municipalities have much larger human populations than others, the results will all be calculated per capita - by simply dividing by the human population of the region. The competition categories are:

  1. Most observers (per capita)
  2. most observations (per capita)
  3. most species (per capita)
    There are no monetary awards or trophies, just annual bragging rights at this time.
    We encourage people to set personal challenges and goals as well. Some suggestions that people may want to strive for are:

  4. see if you can post 50 (or 100, or...??) species each day, or over the 4 days
  5. how many species can you find in your yard?
  6. how many kingdoms or phylums (technically 'phyla') of life can you observe?

Contact me, the project manager if you have any questions
Greg Pohl (iNat user gpohl)
volunteer bioblitz coordinator

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