The San Diego Natural History Museum’s City Nature Challenge
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is spearheading a local effort to encourage San Diegans to opt outside and partake in the 2019 City Nature Challenge for the second year in a row.
Taking place from Friday, April 26 through Monday, April 29, 2019, City Nature Challenge is an international competition to see which city can document the most local flora and fauna over a 4-day period.
Organizers are calling upon fans of nature and science and people of all ages and backgrounds to observe and submit pictures of plants, animals, and fungi using the free iNaturalist app and website.
“As all San Diegans know, we are lucky to live here—surrounded by natural beauty, we can easily go from the beach to the desert in the same day. The variety in our terrain is reflected in the amazing diversity of plants and animals that also call this place home,” said Lauren Marino Perez, citizen science manager at the San Diego Natural History Museum. “We’re hoping we can meet or beat last year’s record and show the world that we are a leader in biodiversity, we have the most nature-loving and environmentally-conscious residents, and that we’re proud of the abundance and diversity of life that exists in this region.”
People can participate on their own throughout the 4-day period or get involved as part of an organized event. Nature and conservation organizations around San Diego County are hosting their own programs, hikes, and events to drum up interest and participation. Examples include:
• Friday, April 26-Saturday, April 27 | 24-Hour BioBlitz at Cabrillo National Monument
• Saturday, April 27 | Canyoneer nature hike at Dos Picos Park in Ramona
• Sunday, April 28 | Lagoon in Bloom event at San Elijo Lagoon
• Monday, April 29 | BioBlitz with Earth Discovery Institute and San Diego National Wildlife Refuge at the Shinohara Vernal Pools
Most events are free and open to the public, but some require advance registration. A full list of events is listed at sdnat.org/cnc2019.
After April 29, observations will need to be tallied and vetted, and results will be announced one week later on Monday, May 6.