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City Nature Challenge 2020

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City Nature Challenge 2020


April 2020


Parks and Environment


2020-04-24 12:00:00 2020-04-27 12:00:00 America/Vancouver City Nature Challenge 2020 Observe and record the diversity of plants and animals in Surrey as part of a global challenge!

Surrey completed our first ever City Nature Challenge! We were one of two cities participating in BC and ranked 4th across Canada!

We are impressed by the incredible efforts of Surrey's iNaturalist community and supporting identifiers who helped review 2,600 observations (of 563 species). Check out the Canadian Wildlife Federation's City Nature Challenge Canada for Surrey's results, those from across Canada, and international results by City

What's next for Surrey and iNaturalist?

Our continued focus is growing Surrey's iNaturalist community and making sure all the incredible biodiversity data being gathered is curated and applied in the work we do to protect the City's fish, wildlife and the habitat they depend on.

Staying connected to nature is an important part of staying healthy. Join Surrey's iNaturalist community today:

  1. Download the free iNaturalist app to your mobile device and set up your profile.
  2. Search for "surrey-bc biodiversity" and follow us.
  3. Take photos of plants and animals wherever you feel comfortable to observe nature (your backyard, balcony or nearby park).

To learn how to make and add observations (and a whole lot more), check out the iNaturalist Getting Started Guide.

Please note:

  • Location of the observation is important, so if you have your phone’s data turned off you will need to add the location manually.
  • If it’s not wild (e.g. a domestic pet or farm animal) be sure to mark the observation as captive/cultivated.
  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge participants to document observations in a way that complies with recommended physical distancing measures. If you decide to collect observations in our local parks, please follow guidelines for reducing and avoiding the spread of the virus.

Learn more about local plants and wildlife as your observations are confirmed through the iNaturalist community. As you gain experience, please feel free to help identify other people's observations. Help Surrey's biodiversity get recognized!