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Residents are invited to join the City Nature Challenge in Mitchell Shire.

Community members can explore local parks, reserves and bushland as part of City Nature Challenge 2024 from April 26 to 29.

The Challenge is an international event for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the world.

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It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a friendly contest with each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people.

Participating is easy and it provides a great opportunity to explore and learn about the natural environment of Mitchell that extends from Melbourne’s northern fringe into the heart of Victoria’s farming country.

It’s also a great reason to get out into the outdoors and visit a local park to take photos of local plants and animals. Images can then be uploaded as observations to the iNaturalist platform for identification using the app or web page.

Council-managed bushland reserves such as Monument Hill Reserve in Kilmore, Seymour Bushland Park in Seymour and, Colin Officer Flora Reserve in Broadford, are just some of the great places to explore in the shire.

To get involved in the City Nature Challenge download the iNaturalist app and create an account.

Take photos of plants, animals, and fungi. Each observation contributes to the collective understanding of the natural world. Upload observations to iNaturalist and include the location to ensure your discoveries support Mitchell Shire and Greater Melbourne’s biodiversity tally.

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