City Nature Challenge 2022: ABQ's Journal

April 25, 2022

Events Happening During City Nature Challenge

University of NM Geography Department
April 29, 10am-2pm
Bandelier East, UNM campus
Students in the GEOG2115 class (“Information Design in Science and Society,” taught by Dr. Yolanda Lin) will have an informational table set up outside to encourage UNM students to participate.

Discovery Day: Cottonwood Forest Creatures
April 30, 10-11am
Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
This pre-school aged youth program takes place inside the Open Space Visitor Center where participants will make new discoveries about the world around them. The program includes hands-on science, literacy, and art projects. Participants will also receive a packet at the end of the session with various activities and images so that the days discoveries can continue at home. Different themes take place each session and may include a short excursion outside. Program cost is $5 per family.
Questions? Contact Ellie Althoff, Open Space Coordinator/Educator at (505) 768-4955 or

City Nature Challenge at the San Pedro Library
5600 Trumbull Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
April 30, 2-4pm
San Pedro is teaming up with Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge to participate in the City Nature Challenge 2022, a friendly competition between urban areas across the world to see which communities can make the most observations of nature. We will be observing and documenting the plant and animal life in and around San Pedro’s ABQ Backyard Refuge Pocket Garden with the iNaturalist digital app.

Gecko Discovery Hike
Piedras Marcadas Park (Coors and Eagle Ranch)
April 30 @ 8 pm
Come join us to look for Turkish House Geckos on the west side of Albuquerque! Bring a flashlight and your camera! Observations will be entered into as part of the City Nature Challenge! No registration required. Contact:

Bosque Wild Hike
Open Space Visitor Center (6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120)
May 1, 8am to 12pm
Register: or 505-768-4950, or at the Visitor Center in person
Join this volunteer-led hike and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Bosque. This is a moderately strenuous 2.5 mile guided tour. Please bring water, comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather. Don't forget your camera and binoculars if you've got them!

Southwest City Nature Challenge Identification Party
May 5th 6-7pm on Zoom
Zoom link:
Join City Nature Challenge ABQ, the Greater Phoenix City Nature Challenge, and City Nature Challenge El Paso for an evening of showcasing and identifying observations made during the challenge in our 3 cities. Come help us ID, or learn about how it's done.

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April 20, 2022

We've Been Challenged by Phoenix and El Paso!

Our southwestern neighbors in Phoenix and El Paso have challenged CNC:ABQ to see who will have the most observations, species and observers. Follow the leaderboard here:
Southwest Challenge

All observations made within our boundaries (Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Valencia Counties) will automatically count for the Southwest Challenge. We won the challenge in 2021; let's keep our streak going in 2022!

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