Embrace the healing power of nature! The City Nature Challenge is back in Pittsburgh for 2021. This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have modified the challenge to help keep organizers and participants safe. Using the free iNaturalist app, let’s work together virtually with cities around the world to safely document biodiversity in whatever way we can, even at home or in our neighborhoods.
Kicking off April 30, the challenge runs to the end of the day May 3. Participation is easy! All you need is a camera and the free iNaturalist app (a camera phone or tablet if you have one).
Identification of the photographed species will be crowd-sourced through the online community May 4 – May 9.
We urge all participants to follow current public health guidelines provided by local governments. Refer to our COVID-19 update page for the latest information.
Educators: Share the City Nature Challenge with your students. Everything you need to get started is right here in this toolkit, and it can be easily adapted for distance learning.
April 30 – May 3: Make Nature Observations!
City Nature Challenge Observation Blogs
- by Patrick McShea Whether you participated in the recent City Nature Challenge (CNC) or not, the results of the Pittsburgh Region’s broadest …Read More »
- by Bonnie McGill Male Red-winged Blackbirds! For me, their calls and bright red shoulders are one of the signs that spring is …Read More »
- by Tim Pearce Water bears, also known as tardigrades or moss piglets, are microscopic animals, famous for being cute and nearly indestructible. …Read More »
- by Patrick McShea Pittsburghers are accustomed to seeing their hometown visually portrayed with its river-hemmed Downtown as a focal point. If your …Read More »
- by Jenise Brown City Nature Challenge (April 30-May 3) is coming soon! Going for a “color walk” is one fun and easy …Read More »
- by Patrick McShea Participation in the upcoming City Nature Challenge (April 30 – May 3) can range from using your phone’s camera …Read More »
May 4 – May 9: Help Identify Other Observations!
- April showers may bring May flowers, but they also create the perfect moist conditions for one of my favorite garden residents—the humble …Read More »
- How do we identify birds? Some, like this Northern Cardinal, are easy because they are very distinctive. Others, like this lineup of …Read More »
- by Mason Heberling This specimen of purple dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum) was collected on April 17, 1998 by Kevin McGowan and Meggan Scanlon …Read More »