City Nature Challenge 2020: Garden Route's Journal

April 04, 2020

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April 02, 2020

All South Africa Lockdown projects

for all South Africa Lockdown projects

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March 30, 2020

Garden Route (South Africa) Lockdown project

An interim project for everyone to play with:

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March 29, 2020

Have you tested your knowledge yet?

A cool little challenge you can take at any to test your knowledge on animals, plants & fungi.

If you are a iNat user you can even be tested on your own observations.

Developed by Jonny Kalambay

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March 26, 2020

Now is the time

With forced inactivity we will now have time to sit down and review our observations on iNat.

* Take a virtual tour to locations you have been and remind yourself of what you saw.
* Explore areas online you would still like to visit.
* Spend time trying to id obserations you never got around to.
* Check your archives on your computer. There may be obs you forgot to upload.

Be safe

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March 22, 2020

Cloud Connect WIFI Hot Spots

These are Cloud Connect WIFI Hot Spots that can be used for posting observations.

Hoekwill Cafe DV - Hoekwil Cafe, Hoekwil
Beans about Coffee Cnr Church - Church Corner c/o Church and Courtney Street
Boardwalk Lodge - Boardwalk Lodge, Constantia Drive, Wilderness
MBS-KWA-Hillcrest - Bill Geffrey Ave, D'Almeida, Mossel Bay, 6506
Blanco Com Hall - 3 George Street, Blanco, George
Eden Meander Mall - Eden Meander Lifestyle Centre, c/o Knysna and N2, George
Wayside in - Hoekwil Wayside Inn Woodville
Upstairs Harry's - 112 York Street, George
WDN CBD Caltex - Caltex Garage, George Road, Wilderness
Beans about Coffee York - 119 York Street, George
Knysna Waterfront - Knysna Quays, Waterfront Road, Knysna
Golfers Heaven - 8 Longbridge Road, Kingswood Golf Estate, George
Knysna Waterfront Drydock - Knysna Quays, Waterfront Road, Knysna
Court House - c/o York and Courtney Street, George
Krust Hotspot - Krust Coffe Shop, Eden Meander Lifestyle Centre, George
Coffee and More - 103 Meade Street, George Central, George
Lancewood Prim - Hoekwil; -33.944761, 22.737928
Touwsranten-Shop - Bester Street, Hoekwil -33.954656, 22.620728
DV-BAR-Garden Route-Trail Park - Farleigh Road, Karatara, Hoekwil
Beyers Koshuis - Meyer Street, Bergsig, George
Point Caravan Park - Point Road, Mossel Bay Point, Mossel Bay
Meade Cafe - 91 Meade Street, George
101-Meade Street - 101 Meade Street, George
Herold Meander - Herold, George
-33.845542, 22.444859
Botanical Gardens - 49 Caledon Street, George
DV-HKW-Touwstanten-School - Bester Street, Hoekwil; -33.956722, 22.617942
DV-GRG-Rosemore-Comm-Center - 31 Woltemade Street, Rosemoore, George; -33.976198, 22.483265
DV-African-Sun - Geelhoutboom Road, Blanco, George
DV-GRG-Oubaai - Oubaai Golf Club, Herolds Bay, George
DV-WDN-Kleinkrantz - Protea Road, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness
GRG-George Youth Cafe - Market Street, George Central. George
DV-Oubaai-Clubhouse - Oubaai Golf Clubhouse, Herolds Bay, George
DV-HeroldsbayHotel - Heroldsbay Hotel and Apartments, Heroldsbay
Sandpiper-Hotspot - Sandpiper Cape Cottages, Boggomsbaai
DV-WDN-Salinas - Salinas Restaurant, Wilderness
DV-FarmersMarket - N2 Road, Kraaibosch, George
DV-GRG-Vicbay - Victoria Bay Beach, George
UNI-UniondaleClinic - 56 R339, Uniondale, 4600
UNI-Haarlem-Clinic - Haarlem Clinic, Haarlem
GRG-ThembalethuWT - Water Tower, Sandkraal Road, Thembalethu, George
DV-GRG-Cactus - Courtney Street, George Central, George
DV-GRG-Hospital-1st-Floor - c/o Langenhoven & Davidson Road, George
DV-MSB- Kwanonqaba Mall, 247 Dyabaza Street, Kwanonqaba, Mossel Bay, 6506
WDN NSRI - Wilderness Lagoon Beach, Wilderness
DV-Shenanigans - 62 York Street, George
DV-GRG-Pacaltsdorp-Saverite - Mission road, Pacaltsdorp, George

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March 20, 2020

Thank you to supporters

As the City Nature Challenge gathers momentum, we want to thank businesses that have supported it and made their place available to host training sessions and promoting the Challenge.
A BIG thank you
So, next time you want to go out for a cuppa or bite, you know who to go and support.

In George:
Ground Control in York Street @ 117 York street
Caloroso Roaster & Eatery @ 103 Meade Street
FOOD Co @ Cnr. 4th Street and Knysna Road
Root Coffee Roasters @ Wellington Square, or Paddagat

Salinas Beach Restaurant @ 458 Zundorf Lane
Fláva Café on George Rd
The Girl's on the Square @ 1 Owen Grant Street
Kaaimans Restaurant on N2, Kaaimans River Pass

De Rust:
Village Trading Post on Schoeman Street
Herrie's On Route 62 @ 5 Schoeman Street
Ray's Coffee Shop on Schoeman Street

Nadine's Corner on Leisure Isle @ 12 Kingsway, Leisure Island

Slow Roasted Coffee @ Mosaic Village, Paul Kruger Street (next to the Engen Garage off the N2)

Mossel Bay:
The Merchant Coffee @ 78c Bland St
Bartolomeu Dias Museum @ 1 Market St

We understand in the current situation and people will not be partying as much as usual.
Time from now we will look back and want to chat about history in a relaxing environment and to socialize.

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March 19, 2020

INaturalist - Southern Africa on the City Nature Challenge

"Officially, the City Nature Challenge will go ahead internationally, but not as a competition, but as an activity"

See full post @:

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March 18, 2020

iNaturalist teaches its computers to assist in identifications.

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Media Release


Media Release for Mossel Bay Community
18 March 2020
The Garden Route City Nature Challenge 2020 (CNC) is alive and well and going ahead as planned. That is recording observations from Friday 24 April to Monday 27 April, with time to upload photographs, videos and sound clips until Monday the 3rd of May. Observations can be uploaded onto iNaturalist. org by using the free smart phone App or the website on a computer.

All iNaturalist training sessions have been suspended for now, but there are self-train options and local iNat users and trainers are on hand to assist anyone who needs guidance. All you have to do is: ask! Enquire:

Using iNaturalist and even the City Nature Challenge is the ideal way to pass self-isolation time. You can be in your garden or in the veld, a walk on the beach – record what you see and interact online with other iNaturalist users in South Africa and across the world. We are all in the same boat at the moment, no matter where we are.

Look for chameleons, insect and frogs in the garden. In the evenings there are geckos and moths at outside lights. What about all out beautiful birds. Every three, shrub, lagoon, beach, estuary and lamppost and building ledge seem to have gorgeous birds just begging to be photographed! The intertidal zone is teeming with creatures and even underwater creatures can be recorded! Remember, iNaturalist can be used now already – no need to wait until the CNC.

This morning, after downloading the app and uploading pics of the chameleons in their garden to iNat, a Mossel Bay resident said: “Oh wow. This is sooo exciting, especially in this time of doom and gloom”. This was after a to-and-fro-session between the two of us on Messenger.
This is a positive opportunity to upskill, stimulate the mind, to contribute to local knowledge and global science. You snooze, you lose. Be part of the fun!

Follow Garden Route City Nature Challenge on Facebook or go to:

City Nature Challenge is a joint initiative of California Academy of Sciences
iNaturalist is supported by California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic

Sandra Falanga
Core Committee: Garden Route CNC & Mossel Bay Champion

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