We've set up 3 community challenges that you can participate in to #SupportTheCount!
Click each challenge button to discover tips and tricks to help you in identifying species for the Community Challenge!
Don't have a team but want to #SupportTheCount? Or do you have a team but are really interested in either birds, insects or plants? Regardless if you have a team or not, you can join one of our community challenges!
HOW IT WORKS:
1. Select a challenge to participate in.
2. Download and read the required documents in the resource section to be able to participate (Overview and Guidelines).
3. Participate in your selected challenge for at least 1 hour. This can be done any day between September 1, 2021 to September 18, 2021, the official BioBlitz Day. For the challenge you choose to participate in, you will have to record the number of different species of the challenge that you chose, using our Excel data sheet, iNaturalist or eBird to record. Refer to Resources for more information and to find the downloadable Excel data sheet.
If using iNaturalist, go to "Projects", search for "Out for the Count 2021", and click "Join". You can also join the project via https://inaturalist.ca/projects/out-for-the-count-2021. All observations made on the day of the event (September 18, 2021) will automatically be recorded towards the project. If you are planning on participating in the Community Challenge on a different day, you must use the Excel data sheet (or eBird for the birding challenge).
For example, if you had chosen challenge 3, Pining for Plants, then you would record the number of different plant species that you have spotted.
We encourage you to participate in the community challenge at one of our many TTLT nature reserves! Click here to find a comprehensive guide on the different TTLT nature reserves available for the Count.
Please note: We will be holding a 1-hour session on September 18, 2021, at Meadowlily Nature Preserve, as an option for people to come and participate in the community challenge. We will be available to guide you through how to use iNaturalist, how to submit data, and some basic identifying tips. Click here to register!
4. Submit your data using our Excel data sheet which can be found in the Resources tab. Please email it as an attachment to [email protected] If you are submitting your data via iNaturalist, it should automatically be recorded within the project. If you are submitting your data via eBird, please export the file and email it to [email protected]