Become a Bee Ambassador with the Richmond Nectar Trail and a citizen scientist with City Challenge 2020
24 April 2020
The City of Richmond is encouraging residents and businesses to safely explore nature in their yards, neighbourhoods and balconies while using mobile technology to celebrate our City’s unique ecosystem. The City has two new family-friendly initiatives for residents to participate: the City Nature Challenge 2020 and the Richmond Nectar Trail.
The City Nature Challenge 2020 event begins today. Partnering with National Geographic and iNaturalist, this activity allows residents to become citizen scientists and assist cities to collect and share valuable data about the ecosystems we live in. Richmond is located in one of North America’s most productive estuaries. The City has distinctive and important habitats that are a result of its place at the mouth of the Fraser River.
To participate in the City Nature Challenge 2020, download the free iNaturalist app to your mobile device and search for City Nature Challenge 2020: Richmond, BC. Over the next four days, April 24-27, take photos of plants and animals in your neighbourhood, and upload your photos to iNaturalist. Results will be announced on Monday, May 4.
The Richmond Nectar Trail, also just launched, invites residents and businesses to become pollinator and ‘bee ambassadors.’ The more people participate and grow pollen rich plants on their properties, the more successful a nectar trail across Richmond will be become. This trail enables bees and other pollinators to easily traverse the city.
Start by registering your garden at firstname.lastname@example.org; maintain your gardens of pollinating plants; and post photos of your gardens on social media with the hashtag #RmdNectarTrail. Continue posting until the fall. Border Free Bees, a local long term public art and pollinator habitat initiative is an important partner in this initiative: ww.borderfreebees.com.
Other family-fun campaigns around town include #NatureInMyNeighbourhood, #RichmondHasHeart, and #RichmondConnect. For more information visit www.richmond.ca.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge all participants to carefully follow guidelines. By staying close to home and exploring their immediate community, residents can reduce overburdening destination parks and trails. Maintain a minimum two-metre physical distance from others and avoid gatherings.