I live in Chicago. It’s snowing right now and will be generally cold and miserable this entire weekend. What is the point of having this “challenge” at a time of the year when a large swath of the Northern Hemisphere is just now turning green and insects have only barely begun to emerge? Why is this not held in the middle of summer, when the weather is more cooperative and kids are out of school?
I’m an insect ecologist, and my lab doesn’t even bother to set traps out until May. Talking with some of my colleagues yesterday, we were all aware of this event but nobody was planning to participate because of how poorly implemented it is with the practicalities of our regional climate. I’m sure April is lovely in San Fran and LA, but maybe consider those of us not in California?
Someone who won’t be able to participate this year despite wanting to