City Nature Challenge Rose Creek BioBlitz

April 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

San Diego

Help San Diego win the 2018 City Nature Challenge with research at Rose Creek

City Nature Challenge is a worldwide competition to see which city can make the most observations of their local plants and animals over a 4-day period. And San Diego is one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world, so we should have this in the bag!From April 27-30, 2018, The Nat is spearheading our local effort to document as many species as possible via iNaturalist. Not familiar with the app? Not to worry, it’s super user-friendly. All you have to do is:

  1. Plan on coming out to Rose Creek on Sunday, April 29 at 8:00 a.m. with your smart phone.
  2. Before you come, download and set up an account on the free iNaturalist app to your Android or iPhone.
  3. Join the 2018 City Nature Challenge: San Diego iNaturalist project
  4. Take photos from April 27-30 to make observations of wild plants and animals in San Diego (in your backyard, at a park, etc.)
  5. Upload your photos to iNaturalist
  6. Learn more as the iNaturalist community helps identify your observations.

City Nature Challenge 2018: San Diego begins Friday, April, 27 at 12 AM PT and ends Monday, April 30 at 11:59 PM PT. The Museum will announce the tallied results on Friday, May 4.

Feel free to head out to Rose Creek any time during City Nature Challenge 2018 as an independent researcher or join up with The Friends of Rose Creek on Sunday, April 29 at the Rose Creek Cottage starting at 8:00 a.m.  We’ll have leaders to help you spot the native plants, animals, and hopefully some fish as well. Community service hours are available so in addition to your work in Citizen Science, you can knock out some of your community service hours. Bring binoculars, wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and long sleeves. Bring your reusable water bottle.

Show up at 8:00 a.m. for free food and then we hit the trails to document the diversity of life found along and in Rose Creek!

For San Diego to win the competition, the number of species, the number of observations, and the number of participants all factor into the equation, If you can participate, you increase our chances of winning.