Boston Area City Nature Challenge

Join us for the Boston City Nature Challenge, a fun competition across the world — 65 cities, 17 countries, and 5 continents — to document the most species from April 27 - 30!

We need people (i.e. you) to help us take observations (e.g. taking photos with your phone) of as many species as possible to record nature in and around Boston. All species count! This information will help create a more accurate picture of Boston’s biodiversity. Massachusetts is home to a great diversity of life, from the Berkshires to Boston to the bay. Inaturalistlogo BoxAny observation of plants, animals, fungi, even microbes, in the greater Boston area made during these days will count for the challenge. Scroll down for tips and resources on how you can help.

The Boston City Nature Challenge is organized by Zoo New England, Environmental Studies at Brandeis University, UMass Boston, New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative, Mass Audubon, Encyclopedia of Life at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, MIT Senseable Lab, and Earthwatch Institute.

Join the Challenge!

Step 1. Download the iNaturalist app and create an account.

Download the app (easiest): Android App (Google Play) iOS App (iTunes), or use iNaturalist online.
iNaturalist "Getting Started" Guide

Step 2: Join the City Nature Challenge Boston Area Project.

Once you're a project member, your observations will automatically captured and counted in our bioblitz.

Join the Project

Step 3: Record your observation with a photograph and upload the photo to the app.

Step 4: Confirmation

The iNaturalist community discusses and confirms the identity of the observation and lets you know.

Tips & Resources

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Where Can I Go To Observe?


Data Quests

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Help Validate Observations

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Educator Resources

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Recent Observations