A Video of Mazatlán's 2019 City Nature Challenge

I’ll keep this brief because it’s already taken me way too long to get this video out.

A few years ago, my friend Liam O’Brien (@robberfly) - who I met through iNaturalist - told me about his recent trip to Paco’s Reserva de flora y fauna in Mazatlán, Mexico, and about the incredible naturalists he met there, such as Paco, Sr. and Paco, Jr, and Diego Barrales. It sounded like an incredible experience. So when Liam invited me to come along for this year’s City Nature Challenge, I was really excited to make my first big trip to Mexico, as well as record some video of the proceedings. 

It was an extraordinary few days, and everyone I met was incredibly warm, kind, and inviting, in addition to being an incredible naturalist. Some had traveled from other parts of Mexico, others were local, but we were all united by a love of nature and a perhaps slightly obsessive drive to document it all. My Spanish is pretty much non existent, but we could still communicate via scientific names and excited gestures despite the language barrier.  

It was amazing to watch everyone pile into the van after a hike and immediately start opening up the iNat app; some discussed their finds, while at least one other person was always checking in on how Mazatlán was stacking up against the other cities. The community aspect of iNaturalist is, I believe, truly its greatest strength, and I could see it in action all around me. 

What follows is a short montage of clips from the Mazatlán City Nature Challenge, 2019, and comments by some of the participants. I’m working on another video that’s focused more on Paco’s Reserva and their use of iNaturalist - hopefully it’ll be done sooner rather than later. English and Spanish subtitles are available for the video, just click the little “CC” logo on the bottom row of controls. 

A huge thank you to the amazing work that has been done to build the iNaturalist/Naturalista community in Mexico and everywhere around the world, to the organizers of the City Nature Challenge, and to everyone in Mazatlán who so graciously showed me around and let me stick a camera in their face.

Posted by tiwane tiwane, August 02, 2019 06:01

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Tagging the participants whose usernames I can remember. Please share if I forgot anyone! @d_b @francisco3_tutor @pacof @pioleon @juancarlosgarciamorales1 @juancarloslopezdominguez @juancruzado @julio @franciscoacos @jeru @deneb16 @monrue @aureliomolinahdz @gerardo_machado @lilia76ap @gzepeda

Posted by tiwane almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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MUCHAS GRACIAS , Tony @tiwane . We really had a wonderful time and it was a great chance to meet all these terrific naturalists.
I'm ready for the next Challenge !

Posted by juancarlosgarciam... almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Posted by juancarlosgarciam... almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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¡Wow! ¡Quedo excelente!! Muchas gracias @tiwane

Posted by julio almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Posted by julio almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Un placer aprender y formar parte de ésta grandiosa comunidad, muchas gracias'!

Posted by pacof almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Im literally fighting back the tears of joy remembering those few days now. Thank you for this, Tony. You nailed the spirit of Mazatlan and the iNaturalista community of that magnificent country. I adore many of those folks.
Dude, How Good was that Beaded Lizard!

Posted by robberfly almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Wrote my own blog on the experience: " A Robberfly in Mexico" for Bay Nature Magazine.
https://baynature.org/2019/06/12/journal-of-a-robberfly-in-mexico/

Posted by robberfly almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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MUCHAS GRACIAS, Liam @robberfly :
It's an honor getting to meet you , finally after our virtual friendship of many years now.
Thanks for the mention, it's a wonderful article.
Hope to have the chance to see you again in the future.
Saludos, amigo.

Posted by juancarlosgarciam... almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Wow! thanks Tony @tiwane

Posted by pioleon almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Same emotion here, too, @robberfly ... and I wasn't even there! What a beautiful area, even in the dry season. I hope this video gets shared from one end of the country to the other, and of course, around the globe.

Posted by gcwarbler almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Thank you so much @tiwane I loved the video! It was amazing to have you guys here. @robberfly I just read the entry on your blog, thank you mi amigo, I hope that we could "inat" together soon.

Saludos

Posted by d_b almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Really nicely done video, Tony!

Posted by birdizlife almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Amazing video Tony! It was a pleasure to be with you all.

Posted by franciscoacos almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Awesome video! Thanks for sharing :)

Posted by codyhough almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Hi Tony, the video you made is really exciting. You managed to convey the essence of those wonderful days. Thanks iNat

Posted by francisco3_ almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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How wonderful this video is -- it fills me with the same excitement as being out in the field. Lovely!

Posted by susanhewitt almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Well done! A wonderful video!

Posted by walkingstick2 almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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I love this video! Thanks for showing it to us.

Posted by rozzychan almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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City Nature Challenge from Mazatlan gives us inspiration to have our own. Mucho Gracias Amigos !

Posted by itzhak46 almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Muchas felicidades y muchas gracias por invitarme.
Ojalá que el próximo reto sea casi al final de la temporada de lluvia para poder ver otras especies.

Posted by poncho almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Maravillosa experiencia, muchas gracias por invitarme y compartir sus bellos lugares con nosotros, la convivencia fue increíble, saludos para todos.

Posted by aureliomolinahdz about 1 year ago (Flag)

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