City Nature Challenge
Learn more about local plants and wildlife in Surrey as your observations are confirmed through the iNaturalist community.
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In spring 2020, Surrey completed our first-ever City Nature Challenge. As one of two cities participating in BC, we ranked 4th across Canada.
We were impressed by the incredible efforts of Surrey's iNaturalist community and the supporting identifiers who helped review 2,600 observations (equaling 573 species). Check out our results and those from across Canada through the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s CNC Canada page, and click here for the international results by City.
We are already planning for the next City Nature Challenge (April 30 – May 3, 2021). Until then, our focus will be on growing Surrey's iNaturalist community and making sure all the incredible biodiversity data being gathered is curated and applied in the work we do to protect the City’s fish and wildlife and the habitat they depend on.
Residents, visitors, and businesses can be part of that effort.
Stay connected, join Surrey’s iNaturalist community today:
- Download the free iNaturalist app to your mobile device and set up your profile.
- Search for surrey-bc_biodiversity and follow us.
- Take photos of plants and animals wherever you feel comfortable to observe nature (your backyard, balcony or nearby park).
Learn how to make and add an observation and a whole lot more, check out the iNaturalist getting started guide here
- Location of the observation is important, so if you have your phone’s data turned off you will need to add the location in manually.
- If it’s not wild (e.g. a domestic pet or farm animal) be sure to mark the observation as captive/cultivated.
- In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we urge contributors to document their observations in a way that complies with recommended physical distancing measures. If you decide to collect observations in our local parks and natural areas, please follow guidelines for reducing and avoiding the spread of this virus.
Learn more about local plants and wildlife in Surrey as your observations are confirmed through the iNaturalist community, as you gain experience feel free to help ID other people's observations.
Help Surrey’s biodiversity get recognized!