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.
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.
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.
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!