City Nature Challenge 2019

City Nature Challenge 2019
Megan works with a volunteer during a Rocky Mountain Wild Bioblitz. Photograph courtesy of: Kate Spinelli

How much biodiversity is there in Boulder and Denver?

Help us find out by participating in the City Nature Challenge (CNC) 2019. The CNC is an ongoing project to document urban biodiversity and engage city residents in the nature around them. Your observations will help us better understand the diversity of plant and animal species in Boulder County and the Denver Metro Area so that we can advocate for protection. After all, you can’t save what you don’t know about.

The 2019 City Nature Challenge will take place from April 26 – May 5. The first four days, April 26 – 29, observations will be collected via a Bioblitz. During this time, you will document nature in your backyard, by your school, or in your favorite park or open space area. Using your smart phone, you will catalog species and upload your observations to iNaturalist, an online platform for citizen scientists.

Then, from April 30 – May 5, volunteers and scientists will log on to iNaturalist to identify and verify the species that were documented. We will be competing against other urban areas around the globe to make the most observations, identify the most species, and engage the most participants. And, there will be prizes for local citizen scientists who participate!

Sign up to volunteer here and we will keep you posted with updates and directions. Use this link to join the Boulder-Denver Metro Area CNC.

Join us on April 22 (Earth Day) for a FREE Training (Optional)

Rocky Mountain Wild is partnering with our friends at Rhino Week, to offer a free training for volunteers who would like to participate in the City Nature Challenge. This training will cover the parameters of the challenge, how to use iNaturalist, and information about being the BEST citizen scientist for your neighborhood. This event is part of the Rhino Week Launch Party and will include happy hour and special events to help protect biodiversity on the other side of the globe – because we are all in this together.

City Nature Challenge Training

When: April 22, 5:30 to 6:00 PM
Where: RiNo Made Store, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St, Denver CO
Registration: The event is free, but register to save your seat. Donations are welcome.

The Boulder-Denver Metropolitan Area City Nature Challenge encompasses Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Park Counties.
The Boulder-Denver Metropolitan Area City Nature Challenge encompasses Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Park Counties.