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  • Certified Naturalist, Diego Tamayo (diego4nature), uploaded this shot of a Black Pheobe during the Los Angeles County City Nature Challenge 2020
    California Naturalists Contribute to Science During the 2020 City Nature Challenge

    With how much we all have lost in the past few months, we really needed a win. And the win came from a somewhat unexpected place: nature. Our naturalists have long had a strong connection to their local flora and fauna, but recently more people have sought solace in the outdoors. These certified naturalists teamed up with fellow nature...


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    Our Naturalists' Recommendations and Favorite iNaturalist Observations

    California Naturalists are getting ready to participate in and around their homes for the City Nature Challenge 2020, April 24-27! If you want to participate, find out if your city is on the list this year. They told us using the survey what they are looking forward to seeing in their city. We've put some of the submissions together in...


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    The Joy of Discovery

    California Naturalists are getting ready to participate in and around their homes for the City Nature Challenge 2020! If you want to participate, find out if your city is on the list this year. They told us using the survey what they are looking forward to seeing in their city this year. Chris Sulots, City College of San Francisco...


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    Inside a Naturalist's Backpack

    California Naturalists are getting ready to participate in and around their homes for the City Nature Challenge 2020! If you want to participate, find out if your city is on the list this year. They told us using the survey what they are looking forward to seeing in their city this year. Brenda Kyle, Pasadena City College certified...


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    National Volunteer Week: Thank You for Your Service to Nature

    Discovery. Stewardship. Action. Service is at the core of being a certified California Naturalist. It's why for the start of National Volunteer Week, we take this special opportunity to thank our naturalists for their 47,055 hours of volunteer hours recorded in 2019 alone. While these hours hold an astonishing monetary value of $1,409,297,...


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    Community Science to Connect

    As stay-at-home and lockdown orders disconnect us from people and places, our access to nature and our nature-loving communities has drastically changed. Contributing to citizen and community science projects (CCS) can help us stay connected. Here are some ideas to get started, but you can find a huge world of projects at SciStarter. Projects...


  • Tuleyome California Naturalist Graduation 2020 on Zoom
    New Distance Learning Resources for Educators & Naturalists

    Most people don't automatically seek on-line resources when want to deepen their naturalist practice and knowledge. However, increasingly many of the tools of modern naturalists are online, like iNaturalist. In response to recent "shelter in place" orders and an increasing demand for online and hybrid delivery courses in general,...