The City Nature Challenge is an annual global event that encourages people to explore and document their local natural environments. This year, the event was held from April 30th to May 3rd in Australia, giving participants four days to observe and identify as many species as possible in their local areas. Now that the observation period is over, it's time for participants to upload their observations and IDs before the May 8th deadline 9am.
The local project we administer here in Greater Adelaide has done really well this year despite the inclement weather with an amazing effort by the 202 observers and what great diversity.
Greater Adelaide stats at time of writing click on the link for an update
Uploading observations and IDs is an important part of the City Nature Challenge. It not only allows for the data collected to be used in scientific research but also helps to build a community of citizen scientists who are interested in documenting and preserving the natural world.
This year 6 areas participated in the City Nature Challenge, if you are in any of these areas pleas upload any wildlife sightings from the CNC period today!
To participate in the City Nature Challenge in Australia, participants need to use the iNaturalist app. iNaturalist is a free app that allows users to upload photos and observations of plants and animals, as well as other natural phenomena like rocks and fungi. The app uses artificial intelligence to suggest identifications for the species in the photos, but users can also manually identify the species themselves.
The iNaturalist app is easy to use, even for those who are new to citizen science. Simply take a photo of the species you want to document, or choose a photo from your camera roll, and upload it to the app. The app will ask you to confirm the date and location of the observation and will suggest identifications for the species in the photo.
It's important to note that while the app can suggest identifications, it's up to the user to confirm the identification or suggest a different one. This is why it's important for participants to upload their IDs before the May 9th deadline. The more IDs that are uploaded, the more accurate the data will be, which can help inform conservation efforts and research.
If you participated in the City Nature Challenge in Australia, don't forget to upload your observations and IDs before the May 9th deadline. And if you missed out on this year's event, be sure to mark your calendars for next year's challenge. The City Nature Challenge is a great way to explore and appreciate the natural world while also contributing to scientific research and conservation efforts.
Some of our favourites from the weekend
Please share your favourite observations in the comments below.