California Biodiversity “Day” in the Wilderness Park, September 8–13!

All of you who love the biodiversity of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, get out your smart phones or cameras, come to Park on September 8–13, and post your photos of Park flora and fauna to iNaturalist to celebrate California Biodiversity Day 2020!

California Biodiversity Day was established in 2018 to mark the launch of the California Biodiversity Initiative. This annual event, which normally occurs on September 7, celebrates our state’s exceptional biodiversity, while also encouraging actions to protect it.

This year, however, is not quite a normal year, and events – most of them virtual – are happening from September 5 to September 13. Since the Wilderness Park is closed from September 4–7 because of excessive heat and elevated fire weather conditions, we will be celebrating in the Park from September 8–13.

As a COVID-19 precaution, group activities are currently not permitted in the Park, so the Friends will not have a tent, handouts, or helpers in the Park, like we did last year, but you are encouraged to go out on your own or with members of your household.

All observations you make on September 8–13 (even if you post them later) will be added both to the state-wide California Biodiversity Day 2020 BioBlitz and to the Biota of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

If you’d like instructions and best practices for using iNaturalist, check out our post from last year.

And don’t forget to wear your mask and maintain social distancing. For more information, check out the City website.