Steele Creek Park iNaturalist Challenge 2022 — Now Underway

It’s time to be out looking for the winter species!

How many of the 70 listed species can you document in the Park in 2022? All are commonly seen in the Park, but you will need to be there each season to get all 70 species, and some can be found in the Park only in the winter months.

See below for a list of species that can be found in Steele Creek Park now.

Prizes will be awarded to participants who complete the challenge at the end of the year. The rules are simple and can be found on the iNaturalist website and at the Nature Center.

Winter Species List

These species can all be found now in Steele Creek Park

  • Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
  • White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
  • Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
  • Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
  • Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
  • Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
  • Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
  • Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
  • Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
  • Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
  • Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)
  • Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
  • Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)
  • Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana)
  • Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
  • Putty Root (Aplectrum hyemale)

If you have any questions about the challenge or any of the species listed, feel free to reach out to the park naturalists or stop by the Nature Center any day of the week. Nature Center phone number: 423-989-5616.

For the complete list of species to be documented see the iNaturalist challenge site.

SCP iNaturalist Challenge 2022 · iNaturalist


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