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City Nature Challenge, April 26-29

CITY NATURE CHALLENGE, Sponsored by the San Diego Natural History Museum

April 26-29, 2019
Calling all naturalists—San Diego can win with your help!

Not familiar with the City Nature Challenge? 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. And from April 26-29, The Nat is spearheading a local effort to get San Diego County residents and visitors to document as many species as possible using iNaturalist.


The City Nature Challenge begins Friday, April, 26 at 12 AM PT and ends Monday, April 29 at 11:59 PM PT. Results will be announced Monday, May 6 by organizing institutions, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences.


How to contribute to the count

Visit as many habitats as possible and get photos of the birds you see (plants, insects, reptiles, mammals as well – but for our purpose the focus is on the birds).  If you cannot get photos, get a recording of the call/song. Last year I saw cell phone photos submitted of Least Bittern, Common Poorwill and Lesser Nighthawk, as well as many other more common species. I personally submitted cell phone recordings of Spotted Owls and Western Screech Owls. Everyone reading this has the ability to participate at some level!

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:

1.     Download the free iNaturalist app to your Android or iPhone
2.     Create an account
3.     Join the 2019 City Nature Challenge: San Diego County iNaturalist project
4.     Take photos from April 26-29 of wild plants and animals in San Diego County (in your backyard, at a park, etc.)
5.     Upload your photos to iNaturalist
6.     Learn more as the iNaturalist community helps identify your observations and help identify the observations of others


I recommend using iNaturalist before the weekend starts, and as the event approaches, we may be able to organize to maximize coverage.



Nancy Christensen



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports