Blooms and Butterflies Hike (Registration Required, Limit 20 participants)

Saturday, April 20, 2024
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355

(602) 506-2930 ext. 5

Join Ranger Nikki on an easy to moderate terrain hike to look for flowering plant life and a variety of pollinators, including butterflies. Click program title for more details.

Ranger Nikki will lead you on a hike to look for cactus blooms, wildflowers and pollinators visiting flowers. Learn how to document your findings on the citizen science app, iNaturalist*, and how to join app-based local and worldwide biodiversity projects. We will also talk about the Parks Department butterfly monitoring initiative and you will receive an identification handout to help with your own observations. The route will be an out-and-back hike on Mule Deer Trail for approximately 2-3 miles total, depending on the number of stops to make observations. The trail surface ranges from smooth and level to rocky and uneven. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring snacks and plenty of water. Bring a smart phone, camera and notebook to log your observations. Restrooms and water are available at the Nature Center.

*If you would like to learn how to document via iNaturalist, please download the free app at home and register with a username prior to arrival.

MEETING LOCATION: Nature Center front patio

Limit 20 participants. To register, please call the White Tank Nature Center at (602) 506-2930 ext. 5 with your name, phone number and number attending. If you find you cannot attend a program after you have registered, please call the Nature Center ASAP so we may contact those on the waiting list. Registration for this program will close on Thursday, April 18.

Once you have the hang of using the app, we invite you to return as a park citizen scientist on April 26-29 for the City Nature Challenge, an international effort that encourages all citizens to find and document plants and wildlife on iNaturalist in cities across the globe. This bioblitz-style competition challenges local communities to make the most observations in nature during this 4-day period, and then this data is available for science, management, and conservation. So this April 26-29, connect with your open spaces, your community, and other global naturalist using only your phone or camera to record nature wherever you go! For more info, check out www.citynaturechallenge.org.

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