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April 26, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Calling wanderers and those who count

A dog approved, best gift ever – just for you. Right in time for the weekend

It’s a contest – like a scavenger hunt: Which city can find the most nature?

dog examining open box. (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

“Has Amazon has taken over Santa’s job? It’s never-ending Christmas with all the boxes. I smell hint of pine with a touch of recycled paper. Makes you long for the true forest experience.” (© image)

 2019 City Nature Challenge starts Friday April 26 and ends April 29.

It’s all about people in 160 cities on six continents to see who can spot the most species, document their local, urban biodiversity, and get the most people involved. (Find your city’s info here.)

History of how the contest began here.

Watch the dynamic leaderboard here.

Think of it as Nature’s census.

Gotta know what you’ve got to figure out how to take care of them, right?

small girl sitting on rock in forest (1903 postcard/USPD.artist life, publication date/

“What’s poison ivy?” (USPD/

There’s a mobile app for citizen scientists and naturalists that makes it easy here. 

Stop by to watch a short video to find out more about the world’s most popular nature app at

Then try it out: record what you find, let experts help you identify, add to scientific data, and join a community of naturalists.

If you ever need an excuse to go outside, here it is!

Don’t forget to take the dog.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Woman with big hat in high heels and overalls (1900-1909, Bossier Collecgtion/Newberry/USPD, artist life,

“Dressed to count. The restaurant has a patio, of course.”  (USPD/


  1. easyweimaraner / Apr 26 2019 6:34 am

    is storm an excuse to stay inside? …we say no, the mama has a raincoat so we can go anyway…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2019 7:39 am

      Enough storms already, sigh. Molly is going to run in the fields with friends ( she hope the swim pond is open) but she’ll be miffed about the bath she’s gonna get afterwards – so much mud from the storms a couple of days ago.
      Maybe we can get the towels all cleaned and dry for the next deluge. Stay as dry as possible while practicing dog paddling. Paw waves, thanks, and have a nice weekend


  2. Kate Crimmins / Apr 26 2019 6:36 am

    Don’t dogs do this every day? I thought they were responsible for finding all the good stuff!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2019 7:40 am

      If only dogs would stop dictating and depending on humans to record the data! (and stop being distracted by the exact same bad of grass each time out) Thanks for playing along

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  3. RKLikesReeses / Apr 26 2019 10:53 am

    This is brilliant! I hope it gets lots of participants, with excellent results!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2019 12:39 pm

      Once people started looking, they found nature is everywhere – even in cities. It looks like a very cool social media group to be part of. Thanks for counting in for comments

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  4. The Hook / Apr 26 2019 11:25 am

    “Those who count”.
    I love that.

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2019 12:42 pm

      Sometimes all you need is a title – works for cat royalty. Thanks for adding to the comment count


  5. Curt Mekemson / Apr 27 2019 4:50 pm

    What an interesting site! Thanks. I shall return. –Curt


  6. angelswhisper2011 / Apr 28 2019 12:47 am

    We just figured out, that we can be a part of it too in our Country, Philmouse, will look further into it 🙂 Pawkisses for an educational walk and a Happy Day🐾😽💞


  7. LordBeariOfBow / May 1 2019 5:42 am

    Seems as if Australia wasn’t involved, we were in good company, Mongolia wasn’t involved either,; I knew we had something in common, just couldn’t recall what ……………..


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