(Photo by Robert Bunch.)

If you see a coyote on the trail or a bee buzzing around your garden this weekend, snap a photo and help Dallas win the “City Nature Challenge.”

Dallas will compete against more than 130 cities across the globe in the contest that starts Friday. The goal is to see which city can document the most urban wildlife.

Dallas was second behind San Francisco last year in observations.

Wildlife can include plants, animals, fungi, fur, shells and carcasses. Although your dog and cat are cute, they don’t count.

“Everyone can participate,” says DFW Urban Wildlife biologist Sam Kieschnick, who heads the local event. “We want to know what the organisms are in the parks around town. These green spots act as little refuges for urban wildlife.”   

Participants can submit entries until Monday on the iNaturalist app. Results will be announced May 6.

Read the full story from our April issue here. For more information, visit citynaturechallenge.org.

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