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City Nature Challenge
April 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fort Bend 4-H is partnering with the James B. Harrison Foundation (https://www.jbhfound.org/) and the Coastal Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists (https://txmn.org/coastal/) to host a bio-blitz for the Houston City Nature Challenge (https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/texas_nature_trackers/naturechallenge/)! It will take place at the private ranch of the James B. Harrison Foundation situated in Fort Bend County. It will be a rare opportunity to explore a natural area that isn’t usually open to the public. The ranch is home to a variety of wildlife including a rookery where great blue herons, roseate spoonbills, and anhinga raise their offspring every spring.
No experience or knowledge required! Come prepared to spend time outdoors (restroom facilities will be available). Suggested items to bring: hiking boots, hat, insect spray, water, picnic lunch, and a smartphone loaded with the iNaturalist app (https://www.inaturalist.org/). A camera with a good zoom is also helpful but not required. We will provide nature activities, field guides, expertise, and instructions how to use iNaturalist and become a citizen scientist! All ages are welcome, but youth must be aged 13 and above to create their own account on iNaturalist. Family accounts are encouraged, or youth can also use Seek by iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app) without an account to enjoy a fun nature scavenger hunt.
For questions or more information, please contact Amber Leung, Fort Bend 4-H Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-342-3034 or Hannah Muegge, Charitable Activities Director at the James B. Harrison Foundation at email@example.com.