April 28, 2018

9am - 3pm

Audience: Adults, High School Students, Middle School Students, Educators, Volunteers

Location: Marin County

Event Type: One Tam

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Join Marin County Parks and One Tam at Ring Mountain Preserve as we try to identify and document every living species we see! Hone your naturalist skills, learn to use the iNaturalist smartphone app, and contribute valuable data about the Bay Area’s biodiversity. Ring Mountain has many unique serpentine species, and you will get an opportunity to learn from local expert Liam O’Brien about butterflies, moths, and their host plants. This event is part of the third annual City Nature Challenge, an international community science competition to see which urban area can document the most nature.

We will be taking observations in the field from 9 AM to noon, and then move to the Marin Civic Center to eat lunch, discuss identifications, and upload our observations. 

No experience necessary, and training and guidance will be provided.   All ages are welcome. Participants under age 18 will need a parent or guardian present, or contact us for an advance consent form.

What to Bring:

- Closed-toed shoes, layers in case of weather changes, a hat, and sunscreen. 

- Lunch and water. We will have extra water and snacks. 

- It is recommended that you bring a smartphone with the free iNaturalist app downloaded. Pairing up is also an option, and we will have some tablets for teams to use as well. 

Meeting location: Phyllis Ellman Trailhead on Paradise Drive, Corte Madera. Map link:  https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ring+Mountain+Preserve/@37.9202667,-122.4930037,17z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x80859b2014d09893:0x6eef245b06ff82b2!2s5200+Paradise+Dr,+Corte+Madera,+CA+94925!3b1!8m2!3d37.9202667!4d-122.490815!3m4!1s0x80859ae0653da50b:0xb318f5bffb41927a!8m2!3d37.9210185!4d-122.4942508. Important details on parking and getting started in iNaturalist will be emailed to participants.  

Contact information: Rosa Schneider, 415-484-3164 or rschneider@onetam.org

iNaturalist project link: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ring-mountain-city-nature-challenge-bioblitz



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