City Nature Challenge

Explore ways that your daily nature observations can contribute to the science community. All the valuable biodiversity observation data being gathered contributes to the City’s biodiversity conservation goals

Join Surrey’s iNaturalist Community 

iNaturalist is the platform we use to record nature observations in Surrey. It's easy to get started:

  1. Download the free iNaturalist app to your mobile device and set up your profile. 

  1. Search for surrey-bc_biodiversity and follow us. 

  1. Take photos of plants and animals wherever you feel comfortable to observe nature including your backyard, balcony, or a nearby park.

Posting Observations  

Learn how to make and add an observation and a whole lot more by checking out the iNaturalist getting started guide

  • Location of the observation is important, so if you have your phone’s location data turned off you will need to add the location manually. 

  • If it’s not wild (e.g. a domestic pet or farm animal) be sure to mark the observation as captive/cultivated. 

  • As you gain experience, feel free to help identify other people's observations.

Citizen Science in Action

Surrey's Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP) observing and recording nature at Newton Pond Park

City Nature Challenge 

The City Nature Challenge is an annual event in April and May that focuses on growing the citizen science community in Surrey.  

Learn more about local plants and wildlife in Surrey as your observations are confirmed through the iNaturalist community. Residents, visitors and businesses can be part of that effort. Help Surrey’s biodiversity get recognized! 

2021 Results

In spring 2021, we completed our second City Nature Challenge. We ranked 5th across Canada, thanks to the efforts of Surrey's iNaturalist community and the supporting identifiers who helped review 3,875 observations, equaling 591 species, 1268 more observations, and 31 more species than 2020. Check out results for Surreyother Canadian cities, and international cities.

City Nature Challenge 2022

The City Nature Challenge 2022 will run April 29 - May 2, with results announced May 9.


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Related Initiatives

Apply your citizen science skills to these broader projects: