As a global biodiversity hotspot, California has an immense array of nature to explore. We've compiled a few resources to guide folks in learning more about the nature around them, while contributing valuable data that can be used to answer important local conservation questions.
During these uncertain times, we hope you're able to explore the nature around you however possible, whether that's walking to a nearby park, observing the birds outside your window, or looking for spiders under your couch. Help celebrate California's biodiversity by taking a closer look at nearby nature and documenting your finds on iNaturalist!
Share YOUR Nature Observations!
September 4-12, we are teaming up with the California Natural Resources Agency to celebrate California Biodiversity Day by enlisting ALL Californians in making and sharing nature observations! Download the iNaturalist app and take photos to document the nature around you!
2. Create an account to start making observations
3. Get out in your yard, neighborhood, local park, or anywhere you find nature to make observations September 4-12.
5. Spread the word! Use our hashtag on social media #CABiodiversityDay
California Biodiversity Challenges!
- Try out our Native and Backyard Species Bingo. Compete against your fellow Californians by joining this iNaturalist project and using this card to see if you can find these native species!
- Try our Backyard Nature Scavenger Hunt. How many things can you find? Use this card to see how observant you can be and get BINGO!
Three Academy Data Missions: Spiny Things and Where to Find Them
Last year for California Biodiversity Day, three Academy scientists had some spiny missions for you! Can you look for these plants and animals this year too?
Dr. Lauren Esposito wants your photos of California scorpions!
Dr. Sarah Jacobs needs you to share your photos of any thistle-y plants you find!
Dr. Rebecca Johnson is looking for evidence of spiny lobsters along our shores!
The work we do utilizes iNaturalist to make biodiversity observations while building community around nature. It's a community-powered website and app that makes it easy to upload and share your observations in the field and to get help from other users with flora and fauna IDs.