City Nature Challenge
City Nature Challenge 2020
Would you like to become a citizen scientist? Here is your opportunity!
Richmond is participating in the City Nature Challenge 2020. This event allows cities to compete all over the world as they collect valuable data about the ecosystems we live in. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge all participants to carefully follow guidelines for physical distancing. For more information, please refer to the City Nature Challenge COVID-19 FAQ page.
Unique among lower mainland municipalities, Richmond is an island City located in one of North America’s most productive estuaries. The City has distinctive and important habitats that are a result of its place at the mouth of the Fraser River. Historically an intricate complex of wetland and bogs, the remaining natural areas of Richmond still form habitat for a broad range of plants and animals.
Spending time in nature reduces stress and promotes individual well being, both of which are important to maintain our resilience during these challenging times. Nature’s positive influence on our health and happiness may also be experienced by simply gazing at trees or bird watching. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, you can learn more about Richmond’s amazing biodiversity while documenting the plants and animals in your immediate community and even from the safety of your own home.
Participation is easy:
- Download the free iNaturalist app to your mobile device.
- Search for “City Nature Challenge 2020: Richmond, B.C.” and join.
- Between April 24-27, take photos of plants and animals in your neighbourhood, a Richmond park, on your way to school or work – wherever nature is to be found. Learn how to make an observation.
- Add your photos to the project on iNaturalist. When uploading photos, tap Add to projects >> City Nature Challenge 2020: Richmond B.C.
- 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.
Results will be announced on Monday, May 4.