Hey Miami, let's show the world the biodiversity of our land and water! Mark your calendar for April 27-30, 2018, when our city competes to upload to iNaturalist as many observations of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms as possible. Participants can join a bioblitz, go solo in your own backyard, or even plan an event. Sign on to the project, and Miami's coordinators will keep you in the loop on how to help our city WIN.

Which city on Earth has the most nature and the most engaged residents? The 2018 City Nature Challenge will help us find out. More than 60 cities on six continents are asking residents of and visitors to these urban areas to explore nature all around them and document the species they find - see the full list of cities at www.citynaturechallenge.org. Results will be announced Monday, May 7, so be sure to upload your observations by then!

Building on the success of the first City Nature Challenge in 2016 between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the 2017 City Nature Challenge across 16 U.S. cities, the event founders, the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, have expanded the event around the world.

During the 2017 City Nature Challenge, more than 126,000 observations were logged in 5 days by more than 4000 citizen scientists, representing more than 8500 species in the United States. In Miami, 1465 observations were logged by 56 individuals and organizations, representing 516 species. What will we find this year in Miami-Dade county? And what will we all find when we look all over the world?

Check back here for events happening in the Miami area during the City Nature Challenge - then join with others to make iNaturalist observations and to help identify species!

Photo by Jollyroger33133 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46290386

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