Are you ready for this month’s Seek challenge? Get outdoors and find 10 different types of trees and shrubs.

Trees challenge

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

Your mission:

Humans rely on trees and forests for clean air, food, shelter, and wood. They take in carbon from the air and lock it away in their wood or the soil. Spending time among trees makes us feel better in mind and body. We need them now even more than ever, and so do a huge number of other living things. Seek out the trees in your local area and feel the benefits for yourself!

Find any 10 different trees or shrubs from the following types:

-Pines, conifers, yews, and podocarps; -Palms; -Beeches, walnuts, and oaks; -Maples, buckeyes, mangos, mahoganies, and citrus; -Hollies; -Rowans, whitebeams; -Cherries, apples, and pears; -Hackberries, aspens, poplars, and willows; -Laurels, avocado, spicebush, and sassafrass; -Elms; -Buckthorns and Ceanothus; -Figs and mulberries; -Mangroves; -Bushwillows; -Dogwoods, hydrangeas, and tupelos

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!

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November Species of the Week!

Meet a new species each week related to the challenge.

Week 1: bur oak

bur oak

Images of bur oak: © simonhoyt (CC BY-NC), via iNaturalist

Week 2: trembling aspen

Image credits: © dlabounty, Josh B (CC BY-NC), via iNaturalist

week 3: tulip tree

tulip tree

Image credits: © er-birds (CC BY), via iNaturalist; Offnfopt, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Week 3: white mulberry

Image credit: 葉子 (CC0), via iNaturalist

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