As a global biodiversity hotspot, California has an immense array of nature to go 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!
Celebrate Earth Day with a Nature Near You Bioblitz on Friday, April 24th
On Friday, April 24th, we are teaming up with the California Natural Resources Agency to celebrate Earth Day with a neighborhood nature bioblitz (socially distant). Download the iNaturalist app and take photos to document the nature around you!
1. Follow all local laws and respect park closures and physical distancing rules.
3. Create an account to start making observations
4. Get out in your yard or your neighborhood to make observations from on April 24th
5. Watch this video if you want ideas and tips on finding nature in and around your home!
6. Check and see if your area is participating in the City Nature Challenge. If so, continue to make observations April 24th-April 27th!
7. Spread the word! Use our hashtag on social media #NatureNearYouCA
California Biodiversity Challenges!
- Find and document the most common species found in your county. Here's a county-by-county list.
- Now, try finding the most common native species!
- Try out our native species bingo. Compete against your fellow Californians by joining this iNaturalist project.
- Try finding everything on this nature scavenger hunt bingo - it's a great, general list of things that should be able to found all over CA and is a great resources for kids and families.
City Nature Challenge 2020
After documenting all of your nature finds on Friday, April 24th, keep exploring and taking pictures throughout the weekend for the City Nature Challenge! Together with over 200 cities around the globe, 24 California counties are participating in the City Nature Challenge April 24-27 in observing and taking pictures of nature nearby. If you are in Check the global iNaturalist project to see what people around the world are finding!