Mothing and iNaturalist Workshop

Go Mothing! Enjoy the Garden at night in these free events!

May 1 Mothing and iNaturalist Workshop

7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Have you noticed moths circling and zigzagging around lights on a summer night? Scientists are still not sure exactly why they do this, but we can use the behavior to make observations that contribute to the Spring 2021 City Nature Challenge.

You don’t have to be a scientist. All you need is a smart phone and your own curiosity! We’ll teach you how to make and upload observations onto iNaturalist. They do the identifications!

Using a light source, we’ll attract these fantastic nighttime creatures and provide them a surface to rest on. Your job will be to watch them arrive, snap a photo, and upload it to iNaturalist, becoming a community science contributor to this amazing global biodiversity database.

Enrollment is limited to 15 people. Masks and physical distancing are mandatory.

Garden paths are dirt/gravel and include some stairs and slopes.

Walk offered rain or shine. Be prepared for whatever the weather brings!

About City Nature Challenge:

The City Nature Challenge started in 2016 as a friendly competition between naturalists in Los Angeles and San Francisco to see which city could collect the most wild species observations in a short period of time. More than 1000 people participated, collecting over 20,000 observations. The idea grew, and in 2020, 244 cities across the globe participated–collecting 815,258 observations. This year, our goal is for people around the world to work together to top 2020!

moth photo credits on this page including cover image: Celeste Searles Mazzacano

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