City Nature Challenge 2021: Four-day global event encourages city dwellers to find and document wildlife

The 2021 City Nature Challenge (CNC), which motivates people around the world to find and document wildlife in their cities, kicks off tomorrow [Friday 30 April 2021].

The four-day global event seeks to embrace the healing power of nature and celebrate tens of thousands of people all around the world, searching for and documenting their local biodiversity.

The idea behind the events is that participants find wildlife in their cities – any plant, animal, or any other evidence of life found; take a photo of what they find; and then share their observations through iNaturalist or their city’s chosen platform.

In 2020, more than 41,000 people took part in the CNC. Over 815,000 observations were made in cities around the world, and more than 32,000 species were documented.

Run by the Community Science teams at the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the CNC started in 2016 as a competition between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The CNC has since evolved into an international event which is now more of a collaboration project than a competition

City Nature Challenge

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 

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