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10. toukokuuta 2021

2021 City Nature Challenge Global and NYC RESULTS

The results are in for both global CNC and our CNC:NYC and we all did an AMAZING job! Globally, the 419 participating cities crossed the million observation threshold with 1,270,767 observations - a first for a City Nature Challenge. Working together, 52,777 people found over 45K species, including more than 2,100 rare or endangered species. This is the most observations, species, and observers for any CNC. You can check out a great infographic from the global organizers at California Academy of Sciences and Natural History Museum of LA County here, City Nature Challenge 2021 Results, and the full results post for global CNC here, City Nature Challenge: the results are in. There was even some NYC representation on the global stage: Daniel Atha (@danielatha) was the top observer globally with 5,092 observations! WOW!

2021 City Nature Challenge: New York City

There is no "winning" city for CNC this year because we were all working together toward the global totals, but that doesn't mean we can't talk about how great we did here in New York City! All the following figures were grabbed this morning when our data were pulled for the CNC global results at 9am EDT. Expect the numbers to change somewhat as the observations spend more time in the iNaturalist database and the community has more time to post IDs.

In NYC, we had 19,260 observations of 1,585 species made by 845 observers. What a great effort! This is the third highest observation count, second highest species count and the most observers we've ever had in our five NYC City Nature Challenges! To see how all five of our CNC:NYC years compare, visit the City Nature Challenge: NYC umbrella project.

More NYC stats:

  • 94% of our NYC observations are verifiable (meaning eligible for Research Grade status).
  • We had an average of 22.8 observations made per observer.
  • We added 248 new observers and 73 new species to the iNaturalist database for New York City - welcome to NYC!
We couldn't have done all of this without our excellent observers and identifiers. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the project! A special shoutout to our:
Top observers: @danielatha, @srall, @cmurph, @klodonnell, @irag, @glyptostrob0ides
Top species finders: @danielatha, @srall, @nycnatureobserver, @matthew_wills, @elharo, @aberkov
Top identifiers: @peakaytea, @xris, @srall, @igor_kuzmin, @sadawolk, @danielatha

Here are the leaderboards for the City Nature Challenge: New York City:

2021 Battle of the Boroughs

This year's CNC:NYC also saw the return of our Battle of the Boroughs! In previous years, Manhattan swept the battle with top numbers of observations, species, and observers, but this year, the outer boroughs came out swinging! Manhattan once again had the most observers, but the most observations were made in the Bronx and the most species were found in Brooklyn! Special thanks to folks who put in an extra effort as borough captains, @danielatha and @cmurphy95 in the Bronx and @xris in Brooklyn. Here are the rankings for the Battle of the Boroughs 2021:


Congrats to the top observer and species finder in each borough!
Bronx: @danielatha
Brooklyn: @elharo (observations) and @matthew_wills (species)
Manhattan: @aberkov
Queens: @klodonnell
Staten Island: @srall

Here are the top observed species in each borough:
Bronx: Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)
Brooklyn: Common Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
Manhattan: Hostas (Hostas)
Queens: Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Staten Island: Common Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

For links to all the individual borough projects and their leaderboards, visit the City Nature Challenge 2021: NYC Battle of the Boroughs umbrella project.

More Highlights from CNC:NYC

Madison Square Park Conservancy organized a Park-by-Park competition during CNC:NYC and Bronx Park won! Visit the City Nature Challenge 2021: Park-by-Park Competition umbrella project to see which parks were involved and to get links to the individual project pages and leaderboards.

Top CNC:NYC observer, @danielatha, wrote up a post last week about his personal CNC experiences and you can read it here.

And thanks to everyone who responded to the last journal post or shared links at the Virtual ID Party, here are some observation highlights for NYC:

If you have more cool NYC highlights to share, please let us know in the comments!

Many thanks!

We would like to finish this post by thanking everyone who put in extra effort to make this year great. Thanks to our amazing Macaulay Honors College student volunteers who supported our virtual events: @anamariaoliynyk, @ziska_andrew, and @danielthomas (who has been a volunteer for the last four CNC:NYC!). And many thanks to our fantastic partner organizations who spread the word, organized events, joined our monthly check-ins, and got people to make lots of observations. We could not have done this without you! Thanks to: Madison Square Park Conservancy, Hudson River Parks Trust River Project, NYC Parks, NYBG, Greenbelt Conservancy, Genspace, Freshkills Park Alliance, Green-Wood Cemetery, WSP EcoProjects, Bronx River Alliance, LES Ecology Center, Randall's Island Park Alliance, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Battery Park City Authority, Manhattan Land Trust, March for Science NYC, and Latino Outdoors.

We can't wait to see you all again for CNC:NYC 2022! Keep an eye out here for an announcement when the dates get set over the summer. Happy Observing!

Lähetetty 10. toukokuuta 2021 22:18 käyttäjältä klodonnell klodonnell | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

6. toukokuuta 2021

What are some notable observations, NYC?

While we keep plugging away at these observation identifications, let us know about the cool stuff you're seeing! The global CNC organizers are asking for some "interesting/amazing/unusual/fun" finds that they might be able to put in their global results report on Monday. Please use the comments below this post to let us know about anything rare, interesting, amazing, unusual, fun/funny observations you come across. They can be yours or others, but make sure you include the link to the observation and maybe a quick note about what's so cool about it. If it's not your observation, please tag the person who made it by typing an "@" before their username (ex: @klodonnell) so that they can see that we're talking about their observation.

Lähetetty 6. toukokuuta 2021 00:08 käyttäjältä klodonnell klodonnell | 3 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

4. toukokuuta 2021

Two more virtual CNC:NYC events tomorrow!

We're in the Identification Phase of CNC now and we have two more virtual events for you to attend, both on Wednesday May 5th!

Wednesday, May 5 - 12p - Diversity Digest: Highlights from City Nature Challenge Join Hudson River Park's @shayes-hrpk for a review of all the awesome observations that were made there during CNC. Register here.

Wednesday, May 5 - 5p-7p - CNC:NYC Virtual ID Party No experience necessary! Join us to help increase our species numbers before results get pulled next Monday. We'll do a quick overview of how to make IDs and then hang out together while we work on IDs over Zoom. Register here.

Lähetetty 4. toukokuuta 2021 19:57 käyttäjältä klodonnell klodonnell | 1 kommentti | Jätä kommentti

CNC:NYC Day 4 - A strong finish! Get those observations loaded!

Way to go, NYC! We're currently at over 16K observations from 801 observers! Now we have the next week to get the species numbers up with the help of the iNaturalist community. Right now, we have our second highest species count of any CNC:NYC (see below).

If you have observations still on your phone or camera, don't forget to upload them! They have to be up by 9am on May 10 to count towards the global total.

And we'll be having a virtual gathering to work on IDs together! Wednesday, May 5 - 5p-7p - CNC:NYC Virtual ID Party No experience necessary! Join us to help increase our species numbers. We'll do a quick overview of how to make IDs and then ID together while on zoom. Register via Eventbrite here.

Lähetetty 4. toukokuuta 2021 03:09 käyttäjältä klodonnell klodonnell | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

3. toukokuuta 2021

CNC:NYC Day 3 - So many observers!

Looks like a lot of folks were taking advantage of the unusually beautiful CNC weather we're having. We now have the most observers ever for a CNC - 700 people have uploaded observations as of his writing!

Checking in with our competitions inside NYC: the Bronx is still well in the lead in the Battle of the Boroughs and that is due to an abundance of observations in Bronx Park, which is currently winning the Park-by-Park Competition.

Let's end strong tomorrow, NYC! We'll have one last meet up at 12pm. Stop by during your lunch hour and have a chat about what else we hope to find before the challenge ends! Register for Monday, May 3 - 12p.

If you have any questions, send an email to citynaturechallengeNYC@gmail.com.

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2. toukokuuta 2021

CNC:NYC Day 2 - Another great day!

It was a beautiful day to make observations! We more than doubled our observation count from Day 1 and we've exceeded our total CNC observation count from 2020!

Here are our current top 10 species observed in NYC. Have you observed them all?

Let's keep it up for Day 3! Want to start the day with some iNaturalist friends? Pop in for our Day 3 kickoff tomorrow morning. Let's get together virtually to share stories and chat about what we're excited to see next. Register here: Sunday, May 2 - 10a

We'll also be having one last virtual meet-up on the last day of the challenge: Monday, May 3 - 12p.

If you have any questions, send an email to citynaturechallengeNYC@gmail.com.

Lähetetty 2. toukokuuta 2021 04:09 käyttäjältä klodonnell klodonnell | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

1. toukokuuta 2021

CNC:NYC Day 1 - Off to a great start, especially in the Bronx!

WOW! What an excellent first day of CNC:NYC! Best Day 1 turnout we've ever had here in NYC with 220 people making observations!

The first species observed in NYC was this Virginia creeper in the Bronx observed by @danielatha just after midnight!

The Bronx has taken an early lead in the Battle of the Boroughs with almost double the observations of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

And in the Park-by-Park Competition, Bronx Park is way in the lead with 792 observations.

Let's keep it up for Day 2! Want to start the day with some iNaturalist friends? Pop in for our Day 2 kickoff tomorrow morning. Let's get together virtually, share some Day 1 stories, and chat about what we're excited to see next. Register here: Saturday, May 1 - 9a

We'll also be having these virtual meet-ups every day of the challenge: Sunday, May 2 - 10a
and Monday, May 3 - 12p.

If you have any questions, send an email to citynaturechallengeNYC@gmail.com.

Lähetetty 1. toukokuuta 2021 02:54 käyttäjältä klodonnell klodonnell | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

29. huhtikuuta 2021

CNC:NYC Starts in Just a Few Hours!

We're so excited for the City Nature Challenge to being in NYC! Here are a few more resources and reminders.

Daniel Atha (@danielatha) at NYBG and Christian Murphy (@cmurphy95) at Bronx River Alliance made a great quick overview of making lots of CNC observations. Check it out here.

We also have a longer recording of a training we gave this week about making better observations featuring Kelly O'Donnell (@klodonnell), Chris Kreussling (@xris), and Siddhartha Hayes. You can find that here.

Please remember to follow local health guidelines when you go out to observe: stay home if you feel sick, wear your masks, wash your hands, and observe social distancing. If you do not feel comfortable going out to make observations, you can still participate! Visit this Stay-at-Home Scavenger Hunt post for ideas for things you can observe without leaving your home!

If you have any questions, send an email to citynaturechallengeNYC@gmail.com or come to one of our daily meet-ups. Register for those at the links below:
Friday, April 30 - 12:30p
Saturday, May 1 - 9a
Sunday, May 2 - 10a
Monday, May 3 - 12p

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26. huhtikuuta 2021

Get ready for CNC:NYC with virtual events this week!

CNC:NYC is just 3 days 13 hours away! We have two great virtual events this week to help you get ready!

Tuesday, April 27 - 6:30p - Making Good iNaturalist Observations Webinar - Looking to get better/faster IDs on iNat? Come to this webinar to get some tips. Register here.

Wednesday, April 28 - 5p - Cit/Community Science Happy Hour - Part of a monthly series of virtual events, April's CCS Happy Hour will focus on making iNaturalist IDs. Grab a snack and a beverage and let's do some science together! Register here.

Then, each day of the CNC, we'll have virtual kickoffs/meet-ups so we can have some friendly chats about our city's biodiversity. Whether you've already started observing or you're getting ready to get out, stop by and say hi. We'll be doing a very quick (5 min) intro to CNC and then answering questions and chatting about what we're excited to see! Each one has a separate registration.

Friday, April 30 - 12:30p - Day 1 Virtual Kickoff - Register for Day 1 kickoff here.

Saturday, May 1 - 9a - Day 2 Virtual Kickoff Register for Day 2 Kickoff here.

Sunday, May 2 - 10a - Day 3 Virtual Kickoff Register for Day 3 Kickoff here.

Monday, May 3 - 12p - Day 4 Virtual (Midday) Kickoff Register for Day 4 Kickoff here.

And just so they're all listed in one place, here are the virtual events we have planned for the identification period of CNC (May 4-May10):

Wednesday, May 5 - 12p - Diversity Digest: Highlights from City Nature Challenge Join Hudson River Park for a review of all the awesome observations that were made during CNC. Register here.

Wednesday, May 5 - 5p-7p - CNC:NYC Virtual ID Party No experience necessary! Join us to help increase our species numbers. We'll do a quick overview of how to make IDs and then ID together while on zoom. Register via Eventbrite here.

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2. huhtikuuta 2021

CNC:NYC Events Preview

Time to save some dates! A complete list will be posted soon, but here are some events, mostly virtual, that you can look forward to before and during City Nature Challenge! There will also be handful of limited capacity in-person events and a couple of self-guided tours. Stay tuned for the full list.

Monday, April 19 - 12p-7p Earth Day 2021 Virtual Festival - Come visit our booth to learn about CNC any time during this virtual fair. Register here.

Thursday, April 22 - 6:30p - City Nature Challenge Genspace Orientation - An iNaturalist training hosted by community lab, Genspace, to get you ready for CNC. Register here.

Tuesday, April 27 - 6:30p - Making Good iNaturalist Observations Webinar - Looking to get better/faster IDs on iNat? Come to this webinar to get some tips. Register here.

Wednesday, April 28 - 5p - Cit/Community Science Happy Hour - Part of a monthly series of virtual events, April's CCS Happy Hour will focus on making iNaturalist IDs. Grab a snack and a beverage and let's do some science together! Register here.

Friday, April 30 - 12:30p - Day 1 Virtual Kickoff - Whether you've already started observing or you're getting ready to get out, stop by and say hi. We'll be doing a very quick (5 min) intro to CNC and then answering questions and chatting about what we're excited to see! Register here.

Friday, April 30 - 3p-6p - Hudson River Park CNC BioBlitz - An in-person, socially distanced, BioBlitz for all! Register here.

Saturday, May 1 - 9a - Day 2 Virtual Kickoff Same deal as the day before! Stop by for a chat or getting your questions answered or to share cool things you found already! There is an individual registration for each of these. Register for Day 2 Kickoff here.

Sunday, May 2 - 10a - Day 3 Virtual Kickoff Same deal as the day before! Stop by for a chat or getting your questions answered or to share cool things you found already! There is an individual registration for each of these. Register for Day 3 Kickoff here.

Monday, May 3 - 12p - Day 4 Virtual (Midday) Kickoff Same deal as the day before! Stop by for a chat or getting your questions answered or to share cool things you found already! There is an individual registration for each of these. Register for Day 4 Kickoff here.

Wednesday, May 5 - 12p - Diversity Digest: Highlights from City Nature Challenge Join Hudson River Park for a review of all the awesome observations that were made during CNC. Register here.

Wednesday, May 5 - 5p-7p - CNC:NYC Virtual ID Party No experience necessary! Join us to help increase our species numbers. We'll do a quick overview of how to make IDs and then ID together while on zoom. Register via Eventbrite here.

Lähetetty 2. huhtikuuta 2021 19:29 käyttäjältä klodonnell klodonnell | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

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