Invented by citizen science staff at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Lila Higgins) and California Academy of Sciences (Alison Young), the City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people.
There is nature all around us, even in our cities! Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us study and protect them, but the ONLY way to do that is by all of us - scientists, land managers, and the community - working together to find and document the nature in our area. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make your city a better place - for you and other species!
The 2019 City Nature Challenge will take place in two parts: taking photos of wild plants and animals April 26-29, 2019; identifying what was found April 30 - May 5, 2019.
Find Wildlife: It can be any plant, animal, fungi, slime mold, or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses!) found in your participating city.
Take a Picture of What you Find: Be sure to note the location of the critter or plant.
Share Your Observations: By uploading your findings through iNaturalist
For more information on the challenge and participation, visit the City Nature Challenge website or follow the Charlotte Metro Region City Nature Challenge's Facebook page.
This event is made possible by our community partners: Salisbury Parks and Recreation, Hurley Park, Rowan-Salisbury School System, Rowan Wild at Dan Nicholas Park, Rowan County Cooperative Extension, Muddy Sneakers, and Rowan County Soil and Water Conservation District.