Activation: "Towards the Urban Naturalist Challenge - Fall 2023"
28 noviembre, 2023
On Tuesday, September 13, Reforestamos México coordinated the activation “Towards the Urban Naturalist Challenge 2023” as part of the Environmental Detectives program. The event featured the participation of content creators with great potential to promote citizen science; among the highlighted profiles are Daniela Hernández (@danini.eco), Brenda Iturralde (@Set_shoot), Paola and Monserrat Tello (@gemeliwiis), Daniel Meneses
(@soyajolote), and Ana Laura Ramírez Yáñez (@lamalacdmx).
Environmental Detectives promote the identification of flora and fauna through the use of digital platforms to generate a scientific photographic collection, to analyze the effects of climate change on the registered species.
Located southwest of Mexico City, in the Álvaro Obregón borough, the “La Loma” Protected Natural Area (ANP) is one of the 203 Protected Natural Areas in our country. It is covered by two types of vegetation in terms of its origin: natural vegetation, such as oak forest and secondary scrubland, and the second is induced or cultivated vegetation, which has been the result of various reforestation campaigns and programs over the years.
Before entering, the “La Loma” team read its regulations to consider the importance of this space and learn about some of the species that inhabit it.
The first activity during the day was the rally for the search and registration of flora and fauna with the support of field guides for the correct identification of species, key tools that are part of the environmental detective’s kit. In addition, with the help of the mobile application “iNaturalist,” various species of plants, trees, and insects were registered.
Finally, the greenhouse of the venue was visited, where the cultivation and protection of plants are practiced by simulating the climatic conditions they require for their proper growth and development.
The Environmental Detectives community had the opportunity to reflect on the importance of citizen science, the benefits it provides, and how simple it can be to contribute to climate literacy and environmental education through the generation of audiovisual content. Currently, thanks to platforms like TikTok and social networks like Facebook and Instagram, it is easier to create communities interested in environmental issues that seek to make a positive impact in their locality.
Reforestamos México invites you to be part of the Environmental Detectives community, where you can participate in dynamics and challenges promoted by iNaturalist and share all your findings with #DetectivesAmbientales on TikTok.