City Nature Challenge

Learn how to use iNaturalist to contribute to the City's biodiversity conservations goals.

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! 

2022 Results

This spring, we completed our third City Nature Challenge. With more cities participating each year, we ranked 16th across Canada! Thank you to Surrey's iNaturalist community and the supporting identifiers who helped review 1,645 observations (equaling 409 species). Check out results for Surreyother Canadian cities, and international cities.

City Nature Challenge.
City Nature Challenge.

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.