City Nature Challenge at Wooded Island, Jackson Park 4/15/2017

Thanks to everyone for coming out to Wooded Island within Jackson Park on April 15th, 2017 to document some local urban biota. Thank you especially to Lauren Umek, Jerry Levy, and David Bild for showing us around Jackson Park in Chicago and helping to teach the group how to use iNaturalist. Also many thanks to those helping identify some of the unknowns.

We documented 227 observations of 110 taxa at Jackson Park on April 15th. I was pleasantly surprised to find native flora such as Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), wild ginger (Asarum canadense), Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans), and spring beauties (Claytonia virginica).

Chicago’s City Nature Challenge 2017 covered the whole of Cook County. We documented 2556 observations of at least 535 species and other taxa between the period of April 14th – April 18th, 2017.

Some links:
Help identify iNaturalist observations in Cook County
Volunteer at Jackson Park or other Chicago Park District Natural Areas
Learn more about the big habitat restoration project at Jackson Park

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cassi is an ecological consultant with ecology + vision, llc and helps run Habitat 2030. She is a botanist and general nature nerd who designs and monitors habitat restoration projects.

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