Are you ready for this month’s Seek challenge? Get outside and give it a go!

ecology challenge

Ecology challenge

This Nature Challenge was created by Seek (by iNaturalist):

Your mission:

Many different kinds of interactions influence ecosystems and their organisms. Ecology is the study of organisms (biotic) and their physical environment (abiotic). Biotic interactions are between living things and abiotic interactions include the non-living factors like temperature, water, light, and soil.

  • Find any 3 vertebrates (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish)
  • Find 3 plants
  • Find 3 insects
  • Find 1 arachnid

What is Seek? And how do you participate?

Seek (by iNaturalist) is a kid-safe app that helps you get outside, explore nature, and become a master naturalist! Using the camera on a phone or tablet device, Seek helps you identify and name plants, animals, and fungi. Seek also connects you to more information about the species you observe.

To learn more, ask your parent or educator to visit the iNaturalist website. Or, they can click here for more information.

New challenges are released at the start of each month. To participate, you will need access to the app on a phone or tablet device. You can seek out plants, animal, and fungi in your backyard, local park, or nature reserve. Give it a go and become a naturalist today!

You may like these stories and activities

Nature art challenge: Discovery in the treetops!

6 Fab rodents to watch in 2023 and beyond

rodent matching game

Alfie & Mae: mountain ash forest

Keep a nature journal!

December Species of the Week!

Meet a new species each week related to the challenge.

Week 1: hoatzin

Image of hoatzin: © Rhett A. Butler | Mongabay

Week 2: secretary bird (or secretarybird)

secretary bird

Photograph: © Gigi Laidler (CC BY-NC), via iNaturalist

Week 3: common fruit fly

common fruit fly

Photograph: Jesse Rorabaugh, CC0

Week 4: sandhill crane

sandhill crane

Image of sandhill crane: © Edward Perry IV (CC BY-NC), via iNaturalist

Learn more about sandhill cranes at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

*Mongabay Kids is not responsible for content published on external sites