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City Nature Challenge 2020

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City Nature Challenge 2020


April 24 - April 27


Parks and Environment


2020-04-24 12:00:00 2020-04-27 12:00:00 America/Vancouver City Nature Challenge 2020 Observe and record the diversity of plants and animals in Surrey as part of a global challenge!

Staying connected to nature is an important part of staying healthy. Join us as we participate in the City Nature Challenge 2020, a global initiative to observe and record the diversity of plants and animals. From your yard, balcony or local park, get your 'nature nerd' on and share the incredible natural values found in Surrey with the world!

Contributing is easy:

  1. Download the free iNaturalist app to your mobile device.
  2. Search for the City Nature Challenge 2020: Surrey BC project and join.
  3. Between April 24-27, take photos of plants and animals wherever you feel comfortable to observe nature.
  4. Tap Add to projects >> City Nature Challenge 2020: Surrey BC
  5. Tap the green checkmark (Android device) or tap done (Apple device) and your observation will be added!

To learn how to make and add observations (and a whole lot more), check out the iNaturalist Getting Started Guide.

Please note:

  • Location of the observation is important, so if you have your phone’s data turned off you will need to add the location in manually.
  • If it’s not wild (e.g. a domestic pet or farm animal) be sure to mark the observation as captive/cultivated.
  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge participants to document observations in a way that complies with recommended physical distancing measures. If you are participating in the City Nature Challenge and decide to collect observations in our local parks, please follow guidelines for reducing and avoiding the spread of the virus.

Learn more about local plants and wildlife as your observations are confirmed through the iNaturalist community. Feel free to help identify other people's observations, especially during the April 28-May 3 identification period.

Results will be announced on Monday, May 4. Help Surrey's biodiversity get recognized on the global stage this spring!

iNaturalist is the new citizen science tool we are using to learn where native and introduced plants and animals occur in the City. The app is easy to use and will provide important long-term information to assist us in managing and protecting biodiversity in the City.