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! The Center for Community and Citizen Science is teaming up with the California Naturalist program, UC Davis Evolution and Ecology Department, and other partners in the region to put Sacramento on the list this year, and get our regional community involved.
This is an exciting opportunity for the Sacramento region to get involved in a global effort, while learning a lot about our own backyard. It is also a wonderful opportunity for UC Davis to engage more with the Sacramento Region. This is a great time to get connected and put forward ideas about how we can get people in the Sacramento region involved, so please connect with us if you want to collaborate!
How does it work?
Participants use the iNaturalist app to photograph, catalogue, identify, and organize observations of wildlife in their area – the city with the highest number of observations wins!
The City Nature Challenge — essentially a 4-day global bioblitz — will be taking place on April 26th, 2019 – April 29th, 2019. During this window, anyone can contribute at any time. There will also be a variety of events organized to encourage participation, and help people learn about biodiversity throughout our region. Following the end of the observation window on April 29th, other events will be held to help participants identify and complete their observations in iNaturalist.
Get Connected and Stay Informed
We’ve launched a dedicated website for the Sacramento City Nature Challenge, and we’ll be updating this over time with information about events, resources for organizing your own participation, and other information. Stay tuned!