City Nature Challenge Kicks Off


City Nature Challenge Kicks Off

City Nature ChallengeThe Lower Rio Grande Valley is joining more than 150 cities around the world for the annual City Nature Challenge. From April 26-29, the region joins eight other Texas areas in  the challenge to see which urban area has the most diverse landscape.

Residents of cities and the surrounding areas can show the world just how much nature lives in Texas. Anyone can participate by joining an event or making observations using the iNaturalist app. Here, residents may take a picture of a wild animal, plant or fungi and upload it to iNaturalist. The online community also helps amateur citizen scientists accurately identify the species found in their area.

After the challenge closes, participants can still log in to iNaturalist from April 30 to May 5 to help make identifications of nature finds during the challenge.

To link to Texas projects and learn more about participation, visit

About the City Nature Challenge

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences organizes the City Nature Challenge on a global scale. The data from this event is put to use by researchers, land managers and policy makers throughout the year. Other participating Texas cities and areas include Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio.