Join the Lane County City Nature Challenge April 29th - May 2nd

Join your friends and neighbors in documenting local plants and animals during the 2022 City Nature Challenge!

This year, organizations across the region invite you to get outdoors and explore the world just outside of your backyard. 

Through an easy, online/phone application, you'll learn about the plants and animals around you, all while contributing to a growing body of urban habitat science.

The City Nature Challenge is a community science bioblitz with the goal of observing and identifying as many species as possible in urban communities. Participants from more than 450 cities worldwide will contribute and so can you!

¡Únase a sus amigos y vecinos para documentar las plantas y animales locales durante el Desafío de la naturaleza de la ciudad 2022!

Este año, las organizaciones de la región lo invitan a salir al aire libre y explorar el mundo que se encuentra en las afueras de su patio trasero.

A través de una sencilla aplicación en línea o por teléfono, aprenderá sobre las plantas y los animales que lo rodean, mientras contribuye a un creciente cuerpo de ciencia del hábitat urbano.

El City Nature Challenge es un bioblitz de ciencia comunitaria con el objetivo de observar e identificar tantas especies como sea posible en las comunidades urbanas. Participarán participantes de más de 450 ciudades de todo el mundo y usted también puede hacerlo.

Photo Courtesy of Bruce Newhouse

How It Works

Started in 2016 as a competition between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the City Nature Challenge (CNC) has grown into an international event, motivating people around the world to find and document wildlife in their cities. Run by the Community Science teams at the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the CNC is an annual four-day global bioblitz at the end of April, where cities are in a collaboration-meets-friendly-competition to see not only what can be accomplished when we all work toward a common goal, but also which city can gather the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the event.

Special City Nature Challenge Events 2022

Wednesday, April 27th | 5:30pm-7:30pm
Thurston Hills City Nature Challenge Birding Tour

This year as part of the City Nature Challenge the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council is partnering with Willamalane Park and Recreation District to host a birding tour at Thurston Hills Natural Area. We will have experts on hand to help identify birds and teach you how to use eBird and iNaturalist. This tour will explore the new trails at the South entrance to Thurston Hills and highlight both past and future restoration projects undertaken by the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council and Willamalane as well as the birdlife found there.

Friday April 29th | 9am-11:30am Self-guided BioBlitz at Jasper Slough

Meet the Willamalane team at Jasper Slough at the Jasper Rd. Trailhead. 3200 Jasper Road Springfield, OR 97478 for a self-guided bioblitz of this special area in Springfield! 

You can help to find, document, and record animal and plant life at Jasper Slough and along the nearby paths and natural areas. (Middle Fork Path, Mill Race Path, Georgia Pacific Natural Area.) You can contribute to the City Nature Challenge by documenting biological specimens and bird sightings via iNaturalist, and eBird. 

Staff will be on-site to help answer questions about animals and plants in the area as well as restoration work, the site history, and future plans for the area!

Friday April 29th | 10am-12pm
Wildflower Walk at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum

Join August Jackson, Arboretum Interpretation Coordinator for a tour of what’s blooming at the Arboretum at the end of April. This walk falls on Arbor Day, so we’ll also take the opportunity to note which trees are in flower. Additionally,  this walk coincides with the City Nature Challenge, so for those interested, we will encourage taking photos and uploading them in iNaturalist. Rain or shine. Meet at the Education Building. Don’t forget your parking pass. Walk fee $5, FREE for Arboretum members. Limited to 15 attendees. Pre-registration required.

Satruday April 30th | 1pm-4pm
Nearby Nature Bioblitz at Alton Baker Park

Join Nature Nature as we catalog and observe everything from tall trees to delicate wildflowers to tiny insects in the Alton Baker Park web of life. Participants will work in small groups and with knowledgeable leaders who can help them get set up on iNaturalist to contribute to this fun community citizen science project. You don’t need to be a skilled naturalist to be part of the fun and learning, just come join in the adventure! Meet next to Nearby Nature’s Yurt in Alton Baker Park. For more information and a registration link, click the button below.

Sunday, May 1st | 8am-10:30am
Coast Fork 2022 City Nature Challenge Bird Walk

Join the Coast Fork Birders on Saturday, May 1st at 8am for the City Nature Challenge Bird Walk! Led by Grace Fowler-Gore, participants will search for a variety of species, count numbers of individuals, identify gender and breeding status in a nation-wide effort to create a real time snapshot of bird populations. This bird walk is open to participants of all birding levels.

For more information about the bird walk please email Grace Fowler-Gore using the button below.

Monday, May 2nd | 9am-11:30am
Turtle Flats Bird Walk with Friends of Buford Park

Join the fun with Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah at their Turtle Flats preserve! Turtle Flats is generally closed to the public, making this a rare opportunity to make observations in an area that receives very little foot traffic to disturb nesting birds. Nola Nelson, a Friends volunteer and member of the Coast Fork Birders, and Greg Hyde will be guiding the group. Participants should gather at the Turtle Flats gate on Franklin Blvd E by 9am. The site will be locked after 9:05 am so plan to be prompt. There will be a porta-potty on-site, but attendees are encouraged to bring plenty of water and any snacks you’ll want for the morning. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Sign Up for iNaturalist

  • Sign up. Download the free iNaturalist mobile app for iOS or Android from the AppStore or Google Play. You can also use the website.
  • Create an iNaturalist account using an email address, a unique user name, and a password. (If you are working as a family, you may want to create a user name for your group, for example, TeamGarcia or NearbyNatureJones or something even more fun!)
  • Note: If you check “Yes, license my photos, sounds, and observations so scientists can use my data” this will allow scientists to use your photos for their research.

Paso 1: Regístrese en iNaturalist

  • Regístrate. Descargue la aplicación móvil gratuita iNaturalist para iOS o Android desde AppStore o Google Play. También puede utilizar el sitio web
  • Cree una cuenta de iNaturalist con una dirección de correo electrónico, un nombre de usuario único y una contraseña. (Si está trabajando en familia, es posible que desee crear un nombre de usuario para su grupo, por ejemplo, TeamGarcia o NearNatureJones o algo aún más divertido).
  • Nota: Si marca “Sí, licencia mis fotos, sonidos y observaciones para que los científicos puedan usar mis datos”, esto permitirá a los científicos usar sus fotos para sus investigaciones.

Step 2: Join The Eugene-Springfield City Nature Challenge Project

If you can’t get outside, you can still participate! Join this project, specifically designed for species you may find inside your home:  

Never Home Alone: The Wild Life of Homes

  • Click the More icon at the bottom of your screen and then click Projects. Use the Search icon to find even more projects near you!
  • Now you are ready to post your own photo observations, as well as see what other people in the community are finding in their neighborhoods!

Paso 2: Únase al proyecto del desafío de la naturaleza de la ciudad de Eugene-Springfield

Si no puede salir, ¡aún puede participar! Únase a este proyecto, diseñado específicamente para especies que puede encontrar dentro de su hogar:

Nunca solo en casa: la vida salvaje de los hogares.

  • Haga clic en el icono Más en la parte inferior de su pantalla y luego haga clic en Proyectos. Utilice el icono de búsqueda para encontrar aún más proyectos cerca de usted.
  • ¡Ahora está listo para publicar sus propias observaciones fotográficas, así como para ver lo que otras personas de la comunidad están encontrando en sus vecindarios!

Step 3: Take Photos for iNaturalist

  • The easiest way to connect photos to location is to turn ON the GPS (or Location) function on your phone or other digital camera before you start taking photos (you can always turn it back off afterward).
  • Go out in your yard or close neighborhood and take pictures of as many wild living things as you can find. Your discoveries don’t have to be rare wildflowers or exotic bugs; but try to focus on wild rather than garden plants and skip taking pictures of pets. Try to take two or more photos of each thing you find to upload - this helps those who assist with ID’ing pictures or those using information for science

Paso 3: toma fotos para iNaturalist

  • La forma más fácil de conectar fotos a la ubicación es ENCENDER la función GPS (o Ubicación) en su teléfono u otra cámara digital antes de comenzar a tomar fotos (siempre puede volver a apagarla después).
  • Salga a su jardín o vecindario cercano y tome fotografías de tantos seres vivos salvajes como pueda encontrar. Sus descubrimientos no tienen por qué ser raras flores silvestres o insectos exóticos; pero trate de concentrarse en las plantas silvestres en lugar de en las plantas de jardín y evite tomar fotografías de mascotas. Intente tomar dos o más fotos de cada cosa que encuentre para cargar; esto ayuda a quienes ayudan a identificar fotografías o a quienes usan información para la ciencia.

Step 4: Post Your Photos on iNaturalist

  • Open the iNaturalist app on your smartphone or device. (Do this when you have Wi-Fi and you won’t use data.)
  • Once you’re in the app, click Observe. Choose a picture on your phone and upload it to iNaturalist. To add additional photos to an observation, touch the + next to your first image. 
  • You can also upload photos through your home computer to report observations.
  • View the suggestions for what your photo might be by clicking “What did you see?” Click one if you agree, then click Share. It’s okay if you don’t know the name of what you found or if you just list “plant” or “bird” or “insect”. Other iNaturalist users can now see your photo and add an identification if one has not been made yet, or additional confirmations for photos you did identify (this is why it is very important to use the captive/cultivated option for planted yards *even if those plants are native).
  • Notice that you can see how many total photos you or your family group have added over time!
  • By visiting the project often, you will notice when other people identify your mystery photos and also what other folks have found in your neighborhood. Fun!
  • Note — If you don’t want the exact location of your photo to be visible to others (for example if your photo is in your back yard), click Edit when your photo is open, scroll to Geoprivacy (iOS) or Location Visibility (Android) under the photo, and chose Obscured. This will locate your photo within a general rather than a specific area.

Paso 4: publica tus fotos en iNaturalist

  • Abra la aplicación iNaturalist en su teléfono inteligente o dispositivo. (Haga esto cuando tenga Wi-Fi y no use datos).
  • Una vez que esté en la aplicación, haga clic en Observar. Elija una imagen en su teléfono y cárguela en iNaturalist. Para agregar fotos adicionales a una observación, toque + junto a su primera imagen.
  • También puede cargar fotos a través de la computadora de su hogar para informar observaciones.
  • Vea las sugerencias de lo que podría ser su foto haciendo clic en "¿Qué vio?" Haga clic en uno si está de acuerdo, luego haga clic en Compartir. Está bien si no sabe el nombre de lo que encontró o si simplemente enumera "planta", "pájaro" o "insecto". Otros usuarios de iNaturalist ahora pueden ver su foto y agregar una identificación si aún no se ha hecho una, o confirmaciones adicionales para las fotos que identificó (por eso es muy importante usar la opción cautiva / cultivada para patios plantados * incluso si esos las plantas son nativas).
  • Tenga en cuenta que puede ver cuántas fotos en total han agregado usted o su grupo familiar a lo largo del tiempo.
  • Al visitar el proyecto con frecuencia, notará cuándo otras personas identifican sus fotos misteriosas y también lo que otras personas han encontrado en su vecindario. ¡Divertida!
  • Nota: si no desea que los demás puedan ver la ubicación exacta de su foto (por ejemplo, si su foto está en su patio trasero), haga clic en Editar cuando su foto esté abierta, desplácese hasta Geoprivacidad (iOS) o Visibilidad de ubicación ( Android) debajo de la foto y eligió Obscured. Esto ubicará su foto dentro de un área general en lugar de un área específica.
  • Si desea cargar sus fotos desde una computadora portátil o de escritorio, consulte las instrucciones aquí.

2022 City Nature Challenge Project Partners