Last year, during our inaugural participation in the City Nature Challenge, we placed in the top three for all three categories: number of species observed, number of participants, and number of observations. This year, we hope to place first across the board.
Not familiar with the City Nature Challenge? It’s a global competition to see which region can record the greatest number of observations of their local wild plants and animals over a 4-day period. And from April 26-29, The Nat is spearheading a local effort to get San Diego County residents and visitors to document as many species as possible using iNaturalist.
The City Nature Challenge begins Friday, April, 26 at 12 AM PT and ends Monday, April 29 at 11:59 PM PT. Results will be announced Friday, May 3 by organizing institutions, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences.
Upload your photos and observations to iNaturalist. You can use a desktop computer or the app. Not familiar with the app? Not to worry, it’s super user-friendly. All you have to do is:
Keep adding to the count!
You can upload and identify observations taken during the challenge up to and including the night of Thursday, May 2.
You can participate by uploading photos and observations of wildlife in your neighborhood—or wherever you might be in the county that weekend. We are currently working with partners to plan events around the County. Check back soon for an updated list of events.
LEADING UP TO THE CHALLENGE
Want to stay involved past this event? Learn more about The Nat’s ongoing citizen science projects.
Are you a nature-based or outdoor organization that wants to get involved and partner with us? Contact Citizen Science Manager Lauren Perez.
The City Nature Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to get your students outside and incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and STEM into your classroom. Create student iNaturalist projects using the following resources: