City Nature Challenge: San Diego
San Diego County places in top three for all categories!
You rock, San Diego! The 2018 City Nature Challenge ended Monday, April 30, and the results are now in. San Diego County placed in the top three for all categories—and we are one of only two cities to do so (San Francisco is the other one). We were #3 for both observations and species count and #2 for number of people who participated. This is a great result considering it’s our first year. We could not have done it without all of you as well as our partners who helped support the event, host programs and hikes, and spread the word. Thank you!
The City Nature Challenge is a worldwide competition to see which city can make the most observations of their local plants and animals over a 4-day period. It began Friday, April 27 at 12 AM PT and ended Monday, April 30 at 11:59 PM PT. The global event was organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and California Academy of Sciences, and The Nat spearheaded our local effort. Thanks to everyone who participated, including our partners who hosted events and programs throughout the County (see list below). View a livefeed of results here.
Unlisted City Nature Challenge 2018: Which City Can Find the Most Nature?
Welcome to the 2018 City Nature Challenge!
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2018 City Nature Challenge.
People were able to participate by uploading photos and observations of wildlife in their neighborhood--or wherever they were in the county that weekend. More of a social butterfly? If so, folks were welcome to participate in one of the many City Nature Challenge programs taking place around the county.
Leading Up to the Challenge
- iNaturalist Training | Mission Trails Regional Park:
- Saturday, April 7, 10 AM - 1 PM
- Saturday, April 21, 10 AM - 1 PM
- iNaturalist Trainings |San Diego Public Library:
- Ocean Beach Library | Tuesday, April 10, 6-7 PM
La Jolla Library | Friday, April 13, 4-5 PM
Carmel Mountain Library | Wednesday, April 18, 4-5 PM
Tierrasanta Library | Saturday, April 21, 10-11 AM
San Diego Central Library | Wednesday, April 25, 3-4 PM
Challenge Day 1 | Friday, April 27
- BioBlitz at Bernardo Bay | San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy | Friday, April 27, 8 AM - 12 PM
- BioBlitz at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge | Earth Discovery Institute | Friday, April 27, 9 AM – 12 PM
- iNaturalist with Nat staff | The Nat | Friday, April 27, 11 AM – 3 PM
- Bat Spotting at the Balboa Park Lily Pond| The Nat | Friday, April 27, dusk
- BioBlitz at Kendall Frost Reserve | Friends of Mission Bay Marshes | Friday, April 27, all day
Challenge Day 2 | Saturday, April 28
- Hike at Hollenbeck Canyon | Hike San Diego | Saturday, April 28, 8 AM – 11 AM
- Canyoneer Hike: Anza Borrego Desert State Park (Little Surprise Canyon) | Saturday, April 28, 8 AM
- Canyoneer Hike: Balboa Park (Morley Field) | Saturday, April 28, 8:30 AM
- BioBlitz at Boulder Creek Preserve | San Diego River Park Foundation | Saturday, April 28, 8:30 AM
- Nature Walks | Mission Trails Regional Park | Saturday, April 28, 8:30 & 9:30 AM
- Nature Walks | Tijuana Estuary | Saturday, April 28 Saturday, 11AM – 12PM
- SustainABLE Festival | Fleet Science Festival | Saturday, April 28, 11AM – 5PM
- BioBlitz at Kendall Frost Reserve | Friends of Mission Bay Marshes | Saturday, April 28, all day
- Balboa Park BioBlitz | The Nat | Saturday, April 28, 11 AM – 3 PM
Challenge Day 3 | Sunday, April 29
- BioBlitz at Rose Creek Cottage | Friends of Rose Creek | Sunday, April 29, 8 AM
- Canyoneer Hike: Cleveland National Forest (Pacific Crest Trail) | Sunday, April 29, 8 AM
- Nature Walks | Mission Trails Regional Park | Sunday, April 29, 9:30 AM
- iNaturalist with Nat staff | The Nat | Sunday, April 29, 11 AM – 3 PM
- BioBlitz at Kendall Frost Reserve | Friends of Mission Bay Marshes | Sunday, April 29, all day
- Bird Walk | Tijuana Estuary | Sunday, April 29, 3PM – 4PM
- Hike | Black Mountain Open Space | Sunday, April 29, 7 PM
- Grunion Run La Jolla Shores| San Diego State University Natural History Club | Sunday, April 29, 10:15 PM
Challenge Day 4 | Monday, April 30
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:
- Download the free iNaturalist app to your Android or iPhone
- Join the 2018 City Nature Challenge: San Diego iNaturalist project
- Take photos from April 27-30 to make observations of wild plants and animals in San Diego (in your backyard, at a park, etc.)
- Upload your photos to iNaturalist
- Learn more as the iNaturalist community helps identify your observations
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 in partnering with us? Learn more about hosting your own event.
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