Diario del proyecto City Nature Challenge 2021: Mendocino County

15 de mayo de 2021

2021 City Nature Challenge RESULTS

The City Nature Challenge results are in!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped organize, participated in, and identified observations from the 6th annual City Nature Challenge! Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we had over 10,000 more people participate compared to last year, and for the first time ever, we made over one million observations in the four days of the challenge!

141 people made 1880 observations of 713 species in Mendocino County! We made 31% more observation of 15% more species and 25% more people participated from 2020. Shout out to all the certified California Naturalists that showed up: you made well over 50% of our county's observations!

Here are the collective results:
Observations: 1,270,767
Species: 45,300+, including more than 2,100 rare/endangered/threatened species
Observers: 52,777

Most-observed species globally: Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Since you can't click the links in the infographic, here are some of the interesting observations from around the world:
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Lixus placidus weevil
Turkish Snail (Helix lucorum)
Witches’ Cauldron (Sarcosoma globosum)
Blainville’s Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii)
Purplish-backed Jay (Cyanocorax beecheii)
Sargassumfish (Histrio histrio)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo ssp. melanochaita)
Common Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista philippensis)
Euglossa macrorhyncha bee
Adelpha zea butterfly
Short-clubbed Wasp Orchid (Chiloglottis reflexa)


The City Nature Challenge also contributed to the most observations uploaded in a week on iNaturalist again - and also gave iNaturalist the first two weeks ever with over one million observations uploaded!

Thanks everyone! Continue to help IDing those CNC observations - it takes awhile to get through them! We're looking forward to CNC 2022!

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04 de mayo de 2021

Great job on the 2021 City Nature Challenge, Mendocino County!

Kudos, Mendocino County! Participation and species numbers all increased this year and more may trickle in by the deadline of May 10. It's been really fun to browse your observations! Listen to KZYX at 7PM for tonight's Ecology Hour CNC overview with show host Hannah Bird of the Hopland Research & Extension Center.

Please help us verify observations! "Many hands make light work." Here are some FAQ and links from the City Nature Challenge organizers on helping with IDs and moving us toward a higher percentage of "Research Grade" observations.

How do observations in iNaturalist become Research Grade? Do my observations have to get to Research Grade to count for the CNC?

To get an observation to “Research Grade” status: (1) it must have a photo, (2) it must have an accurate date and location, (3) it cannot be a captive or cultivated organism, and (4) over 2/3rds of the people adding IDs to it have to agree about what species it is. It’s key to check back on your observations after you make them to see if anyone has added an identification or left a comment, possibly asking you to provide a bit more information about what you saw. Click here to learn more about Research Grade.

All observations will count for the CNC, even those that are not Research Grade.

Someone added an ID to my observation – should I agree with it? What if I don't agree with it?

An identification confirms that you can confidently identify it yourself compared to any possible lookalikes. Please do not simply “Agree” with an ID that someone else has made without confirming that you understand how to identify that taxon. If you agree with the ID without actually knowing the taxon, it may reach Research Grade erroneously.

If you disagree with an identification, the best thing to do is to add an identification of your own. It's helpful to provide a reason for disagreement in a comment. If you think you had the correct identification before the other person added theirs, then it’s useful to write a FRIENDLY comment explaining why you think your ID is correct.

I took so many photos during the CNC that there's no way I can get them all uploaded before the end of the day on May 3 – what should I do?

Relax! Luckily we have a week – up until May 10 at 9am YOUR LOCAL TIME , where you can work on uploading all the observations you made during April 30 – May 3. They’ll still get added to your city’s CNC project, as long as they were made in the April 30 – May 3 window.

Can I help identify what people found during the CNC? What if I'm not an expert in anything?

Yes! In the same way that anyone can be an observer, anyone can help identify observations. In iNaturalist, go to your city’s project, click “Observations” and you’ll see an “Identify” button pop up just below it. Clicking this will take you to the iNaturalist Identify page and show you all of your city’s observations that still need to be identified. From this page, you can restrict what it shows you by taxon, which helps if you know how to ID certain groups. If you’re not an expert in any group, you can still help by identifying the “unknowns” – the observations with no IDs at all! Click the “Filters” button and then select the dashed-line leaf with a question mark in it:

This will show you all the observations that are currently listed as “unknown.” It’s really helpful to go through these and add high-level IDs like “plants” or “insects” or “birds” or “fungi” – whatever you know about the organism – so people who do know how to ID these groups down to species can find them! Here’s a short video about using the Identify page.

No matter what, please only add an ID of which you can be reasonably sure – it’s fine if you don’t know what something is, and it’s fine to only add a genus or family or even kingdom level ID.

If you want to help identify observations from any city – great and thank you! Click this link to go to the Identify page for the entire City Nature Challenge.


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27 de abril de 2021

It's Almost HERE!

The City Nature Challenge starts in 2.5 days! What will YOU find this year?!

As a reminder, the CNC takes place in three parts:

April 30 - May 3: Take photos of wild plants, animals, fungi, etc. using the iNaturalist app. Join this project to see what other folks are finding! 

May 4 - 9: Get all your photos uploaded and help us identify the Mendocino County observations in this project.

May 10: Results announced!

Upcoming City Nature Challenge-friendly Events in Mendocino County:

For more resources and links to helpful organizations around the county to help you find special places, plants, and animals, please check out the orientation notes



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19 de abril de 2021

Mendocino County City Nature Challenge Events

10 days until the City Nature Challenge!

The City Nature Challenge embraces the healing power of nature and celebrates tens of thousands of people all around the world, searching for and documenting their local biodiversity, together in this event. All you need to do is to take photos of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms you see in your backyard, local park, school yard, or in any urban, suburban, or rural area in Mendocino County. Or join an event listed below. Then upload your observations to iNaturalist, using the free app, so you can help us document nature in Mendocino County. Whether you spend an hour or a whole day in nature, individuals, families, and social pods will all enjoy participating in the City Nature Challenge. All experience levels and nature-curious people are welcome! For event updates, follow the City Nature Challenge: Mendocino County Facebook Page.

  • May 1, Grace Hudson Museum and Sanhedrin Chapter of the CA Native Plant Society: May Day in the Wild Gardens

  • April 30 - May 2, Mendocino County Museum: Family friendly self-guided nature themed scavenger hunt

  • April 30 - May 3, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: Spring Blitz, a self-guided exploration of the 47 acre gardens

  • April 30-May 3, Point Arena Lighthouse: Self-guided tour of the Outdoor Museum, native gardens & coastal prairie

  • April 10 - May 1, UC Hopland Research and Extension Center: Guided family friendly social pod nature hikes
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    08 de abril de 2021

    Orientation for City Nature Challenge 2021: Mendocino County

    Greetings Mendocino County!

    A team of local nature experts from across Mendocino County will get you prepared for the City Nature Challenge on Wednesday, April 21 at 7PM via Zoom. If you simply want to learn more about Mendocino County nature, you're also welcome to join this orientation!

    Please register in advance to receive the Zoom meeting info: http://bit.ly/zoomcncmendo

    Mendocino County organizations participating in the City Nature Challenge include UC California Naturalist, Anderson Valley Land Trust, Grace Hudson Museum, Hopland Research & Extension Center, Latino Outdoors (through Mendocino Land Trust), Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Mendocino County Museum, Peregrine Audubon, Point Arena Lighthouse, Redwood Coast Land Conservancy, Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Program, Sanhedrin Chapter California Native Plant Society.

    Please follow the City Nature Challenge 2021: Mendocino County Facebook Page for the most up-to-date event info as organizations start to announce CNC-friendly events! https://www.facebook.com/cncmendo

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