1. Take part in the City Nature Challenge this weekend
City Nature Challenge is a worldwide annual citizen science initiative taking place from 28 April to 1 May 2023. Cities compete to see which one can log the most nature observations on iNaturalist over the four-day period.
To get involved, download the iNaturalist app, join our Te Upoko o te Ika Wellington Region project group and get out in nature to start making observations. All observations recorded within the Wellington region boundary during the challenge will automatically be added to Wellington’s tally. You can keep an eye on results through the project page, and the progress other Aotearoa cities are making.
There are free events happening across the region all weekend, find out more on our website or check out our Facebook page.
2. Get involved in backyard trapping
Thousands of households are trapping in their backyard and Council reserves across the city. This is good for our Manu (bird) and not for rats. Check out how you can connect with your local backyard trapping or reserve group on the Predator Free Wellington website.
3. Nurture nature in your own backyard
Take a step back and think about how your garden can meet both your needs and those of local wildlife. You can provide a home for native birds, lizards, and insects with a native garden that, once established, can be low maintenance.
Consider adding native plants to your garden, bringing bugs to your yard, making a habitat for native birds, or creating a lizard-friendly garden. Find out how on our website.