Equinox challenge

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

Your mission:

Seasons are changing! Each year there are two equinoxes: in March and September. On the day of the equinox day, there will be almost exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night everywhere in the world. As the length of the days change, plants and animals respond by changing their growth or behavior.

Find 10 new species.

What is Seek? And how do you participate?

Seek (by iNaturalist) is a kid-safe app that helps you get outside and explore your local plants, animals, and fungi. Ask your parent or educator to visit the iNaturalist website to learn more. 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!

Art challenge

Create a work of art from natural materials:

Is it autumn where you are? If so, you can use fallen leaves and sticks.

Is it spring where you are? If so, you can use fallen petals from cherry blossoms, daffodils, or other spring flowers.

To share your art with us, parents or guardians can email us using the contact information on our About Us page.

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September Species of the Week!

Meet a new species each week related to the challenge.

Week 1: turkey tail

Image of fungus: © kcook (CC BY-NC), via iNaturalist

Week 2: Australian wood duck

Image of duck: © Dianne Clarke (CC BY-NC), via iNaturalist

Week 3: sugar maple

sugar maple

Images of maple leaves: © Rebecca Thompson (CC BY-NC) © KatieLMiller (CC BY-NC), via iNaturalist

Week 4: wild daffodil

wild daffodil

Image of wild daffodil: © wolff christiane (CC BY-NC), via iNaturalist