Denver Metro Area City Nature Challenge!

Hi everyone!

Congratulations! You’re tagged in this post because you’re among the top iNaturalist users around the Denver Metropolitan Area!

We want to make sure that you, of all people, know that City Nature Challenge has come to Denver! If you’re not familiar with it, the City Nature Challenge (CNC) is an ongoing project to document urban biodiversity and engage city residents in the nature around them. The project is conducted as a bioblitz-style competition between cities to see which can make the most observations, identify the most species, and have the most participants. The program was started in 2016 by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the California Academy of Sciences as a competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This year over 60 cities on 5 continents are participating in the City Nature Challenge!

As I mentioned before, you are our local iNat Power Users, and we need your help in order for Denver to win! The Denver Metropolitan Area encompasses Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties, so anywhere within their boundaries is fair game. You can visit our Project to see a map and get additional information. While one of our main goals is to get as many people as possible engaged in the nature around them, we also know that it’s the top Observers and Identifiers like you who have the experience to collect or identify the most observations and notice what others might miss.

The timeframe of the competition is listed below:
April 27-30: This is the time to make observations! Any observations collected within the Project boundary between 12:00am April 27 and 11:59pm April 30 will be included.
May 1-3: Upload any remaining observations from April 27-30 and start identifying everything! We can only count observation that are identified to the species level, so this is really important!
May 4: Results are announced! There will be winners for most observations, most species, and most participants.

We would love for you to help in any way that you can! Whether it’s going outside and collecting observations, sitting on you couch making IDs, or just telling your friends about CNC, it all helps! If you, your organization, or your club want to get even more involved by planning events, helping with promotion, or any other project coordination contact Matt Schulz ( Thanks in advance for all your help, and may the best city (Denver) win!

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Posted on Μάρτιος 13, 2018 0220 ΜΜ by coparksandwildlife coparksandwildlife


Awesome! I'll see what I can do to contribute!

Αναρτήθηκε από calebcam πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

I may observe a decent amount in the Denver metro area, but I do a lot more in boulder county so sorry but I won't be of any help.

Αναρτήθηκε από blazeclaw πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

Very fun! Surely will participate.

Αναρτήθηκε από rwinick πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

Do you want observations by location or species only? For example, this morning I observed four red-tail hawks in two different locations about 1/2 mile apart - how would I report that?

Αναρτήθηκε από gewb πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

@blazeclaw there is also a project for Boulder, if you’re interested in participating there! @gewb thanks for asking! The species aspect is more important to us, especially with highly mobile animals like birds. So if you saw the same hawks in two locations you only need to report them once, but if you saw different hawks in two locations you could report both of them. I know it can be hard to tell if you’re seeing the same bird twice, so you might have to use your best judgement. Hope this helps!

Αναρτήθηκε από coparksandwildlife πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

Thanks for your answers! Re: 4 hawks this morning, I know they are two separate couples as I've watched them for a couple years.

Αναρτήθηκε από gewb πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

I was happy to participate as part of the Boston CNC last spring, I'm pumped to contribute here this year!

Αναρτήθηκε από dchernack πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

We are trying to get folks out the weekend of April 27 in force! State Parks will be a great place to spend a day making observations. Hope we get a great turn out - tell your friends :)

Αναρτήθηκε από j_thompson πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

awesome! I happened to have come across an ibis today along the South Platte!

Αναρτήθηκε από laurahabel πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

Hello Laura -

Where? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

Αναρτήθηκε από gewb πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

Hi! Here is the exact location:
(39°54'26.2"N 104°53'25.5"W)
Along the bike trail, just south of 120th Ave. and east of Riverdale road.

Single specimen. Didn't see up close for ID until I got home and saw the beak in the picture; thought I was photographing a heron.
I went back to the same spot to try to get better pics but it had already left.
Most likely a white-faced ibis due to locale, but difficult to determine from the distance of subject and shadow.

Αναρτήθηκε από laurahabel πάνω από 5 χρόνια πριν

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