In 2018, 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, with your help, we did just as well.
In 2018, the City Nature Challenge had 68 participating cities and counties. In 2019, the field was packed with 159 participants. We are thrilled to announce that in the global competition to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people, San Diego ranked in the top 10 across all three categories.
San Diego ranked 7th for species, 6th for people, and a hugely impressive 3rd place globally for most observations.
Other great rankings for San Diego include:
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. From April 26-29, 2019, The Nat is spearheaded a local effort to get San Diego County residents and visitors to document as many species as possible using iNaturalist.
The City Nature Challenge began Friday, April, 26 at 12 AM PT and ended Monday, April 29 at 11:59 PM PT. Results were announced Monday, May 6 by organizing institutions, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences.
The 2019 City Nature Challenge has ended, but you can upload your photos and observations to iNaturalist all year. Below are challenge instructions for the 2019 Challenge. You can still 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:
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: