Between April 27 and April 30, residents of cities around the world competed to document their urban nature with the iNaturalist app in the City Nature Challenge 2018. The Natural History Museum of Utah led a City Nature Challenge team for five counties along the Wasatch.
In just four days of amazing nature observation, we blew away our totals from the five-day City Nature Challenge in 2017. Participants in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit and Utah Counties made 3,621 observations and recorded 643 species. That's a 50 percent increase in both observations and species over 2017. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Take a moment to explore the species documented in the City Nature Challenge 2018: The Wasatch.
Exploring around the shed in their backyard, one of our local City Nature Challenge observers made the FIRST-EVER record in iNaturalist of a spider named Megalepthyphantes nebulosus. This member of the Sheetweb spider subfamily is native to Europe. We're excited that this beautiful spider was recorded for the first time on iNaturalist in Utah.
Sharp-eyed City Nature Challenge participants also recorded 138 species that hadn't been documented on iNaturalist in Utah before, including:
- A two-spotted ladybug
- Wild asparagus
- A broad-headed sun fly
- Black-bellied plover
- A tumbling flower beetle
Working together, 16,544 citizen scientists in 63 cities around the world made 423,845 observations of 18,116 species during the City Nature Challenge 2018 as of May 4, 2018. The species number will certainly climb as identifiers continue to comb through all the observations. These were the four biggest days of iNaturalist observations in a row to date.
The global project made 599 observations of rare, endangered, and threatened species and added over 100 species that had never been recorded in iNaturalist before.
Claim your Prizes
if you contributed ten or more unique observations in the City Nature Challenge 2018: The Wasatch, you're eligible for a free admission to the Natural History Museum of Utah. We'll be notifying NHMU admission recipients and other local prize winners via iNaturalist's message function in the coming days. If you don't want to wait for a message, you can contact Lexi Kaili to request your admission.
Special thanks to our City Nature Challenge 2018 partners: