CCS City Nature Challenge

Overview

City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge began as a nature-observation competition between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County in 2016. Since then, the competition has expanded worldwide, over 160 cities participating in 2019. Participants use the iNaturalist app to photograph, catalogue and identify observations of wildlife in the area, thus learning from each other and contributing to a global database that scientists all over the world can access and use to help better understand and protect nature.

In 2019, Sacramento took part in the City Nature Challenge for the first time, and we were amazed by its success! Over 500 people participated, logging 9,798 local observations of 1,279 species. Many different collaborators contributed to the success of the CNC Sacramento. In Woodland, CA, educators taught elementary students how to bioblitz, and the California Naturalist Program, along with several research and nature centers, hosted their own bioblitzes. Read more about the City Nature Challenge in the posts below, and check back here for upcoming opportunities and information. 

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Engaging Educators in the City Nature Challenge

The Center collaborated with the California Naturalist Program, educators in the Woodland Joint Unified School District, and a variety of local nature centers and reserves to encourage participation in the Sacramento City Nature Challenge. Despite being its first year participating in this global competition (as one of more than 160 cities worldwide), over 500 people in the Sacramento region logged 9,798 observations of over 1,200 unique species using iNaturalist.

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City Nature Challenge Comes to Sacramento Region

For the first time ever, the Sacramento Region will be participating in the City Nature Challenge. We will be competing with more than 160 cities all over the world to see who can catalogue the most nature in just 4 days! We think that joining this global effort to discover local biodiversity through citizen science is a great opportunity for the Center, and for the region.  

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CITY NATURE CHALLENGE
April 26th 2019- April 29th 2019

The City Nature Challenge began as a nature-observation competition between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County in 2016, organized around simple charge: “which city can find the most nature?” Since then, the competition has expanded rapidly, and this year more than 120 cities will participate worldwide!

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