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City Nature Challenge

About the City Nature Challenge

Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2019 City Nature Challenge happening from April 26th-29th.  Join FIU and our partner organizations in Miami and the Upper Keys in an effort to engage the city in this Citizen-science project and show the world the biodiversity of our land and water! Citizen-science is key to secure the future of our local environmental resources and build a sustainable and resilient Miami and the Upper Keys.

Get Involved!

Interested in participating in Miami & the Upper Keys City Nature Challenge? Join events accross Miami-Dade or Monroe county or make observations on your own! 

How it Works

  1. Find wildlife - Any plant, animal, fungi, or evidence of life (shells, fur, scat, etc.)
  2. Take a photo - Make sure it is in focus and don't forget to record the location
  3. Share your observation - Upload your photo to iNaturalist. If your observation is in a Miami-Dade County location during April 26-29, 2019, it will automatically be added to the challenge.
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CNC Miami Events

iNaturalist Trainings

April 17 - CNC Strategy and iNaturalist Training Potluck

On WEDNESDAY, April 17th from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Join us for a night of strategy and iNaturalist training for naturalists and guides in eco tourism industries. We will meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center for a BBQ Potluck (bring your own food, drinks and anything you want to put on the grille). The night will focus on how to lead the public through using iNaturalist during City Nature Challenge weekend!

Friday, April 26

April 26 - CNC Bioblitz at Armbrister Park

Please give a brief description of your event(s) for the webpage. ON FRIDAY - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Citizens for a Better South Florida will be hosting a bioblitz for the after school program at Armbrister Park. We will supply the group with bioblitz kits that contain a macro lens for their phones, a magnifying glass, petri dish, and CNC sticker. They will learn about the City Nature Challenge and how to use the iNaturalist App. This event is not open to the public.

April 26 - Creature of the Night Walk and BioBlitiz at Greynolds Park

ON FRIDAY - 7:30 - 9:30 PM: Come learn about the mysteries of the night and see what lurks around our park when the lights go out! Our naturalists will guide you through the park’s nature trails in search of its nocturnal residents including eastern screech owls, raccoons, night spiders, and more. This program meets at the Greynolds Park at 22nd Ave & Miami Gardens Drive Entrance; please bring comfortable closed-toe shoes, insect repellent, and a flashlight. Come with your iNaturalist app handy so we can document what we see.

April 26 - Bioblitz & Dive with Island Ventures and FIU

ON FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Join FIU & Island Ventures on a bioblitz 2 tank dive! While on our dive, we will take as many photos as possible of the flora and fauna that we see on the reef. Photos will be uploaded to iNaturalist to be a part of a GLOBAL bioblitz that will be taking place that weekend! Cost is $85. To sign up please contact Island Ventures at (305)-451-4957 OR dive@islandventure.com

April 26 - Campfire & Owl - City Nature Challenge BioBlitiz at Bill Sadowski Park

ON FRIDAY - 7:30 - 9:30 PM: Join Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures for an evening of discovery in the world of owls! Start the night with a presentation all about these nocturnal birds before entering the nature trails to search for them with a guide. See the difference of the park after dark and encounter other nocturnal natives such as raccoons and night spiders. This program meets at the park Nature Center; please bring comfortable closed-toe shoes, insect repellent, and a flashlight. Feel free to bring your own marshmallows to roast on our campfire following the walk. Make sure you have your iNaturalist app ready to help document all that we see!

April 26 - Sunset Kayak at Crandon Marina and CNC Bioblitz with Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures

ON FRIDAY - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Join Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures on a CNC expedition! Enjoy the sea birds soaring overhead as you paddle your way around Pelican Island and into the mangrove forest while the sun slowly sets. Then paddle back through the marina for a picturesque view: a horizon that blends the skyline and clouds, dotted with the silhouettes of boats. Make sure you have your iNaturalist app handy so we can capture all of the plant life and wildlife we see. This trip meets at the Crandon Park Marina; please bring plenty of drinking water (at least one quart), closed-toe shoes, and protection from the sun. MUST register on-line in order to participate. We have a limited number of seats available for this tour.

April 26 - CNC Bioblitz and beach clean up CrandonPark/BearCut

ON FRIDAY - This will be an BioBlitz for families with children! Nature Scouts has been using iNaturalist over the last year to track biodiversity in the BearCut preserve area. For this event we will split into small groups to track bio diversity in various areas of Crandon Park and Bear Cut preserve as well as hold a beach clean up! Closed toed shoes are a must if you plan on attending this event. This is an event for home school families, if you are interested in participating please contact Rhonda at rubio.rhona@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 27

April 27 - City of Miami Earth and Arbor Day at Legion Park

ON SATURDAY - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Citizens for a Better South Florida is providing bioblitz kits to participants that provide 5 observations during the event. Participants will learn about the City Nature Challenge and the iNaturalist App. Celebration will also include Urban Oasis Farmers Market, Health Screenings, Live Music, Yoga, Kids Activities, and a shore cleanup.

April 27 - City of Miami Arbor Day Tree Giveaway and Bioblitz with CITIZENS at Armbrister Park

ON SATURDAY - 9:00 AM - 12:00PM: Citizens for a Better South Florida will be engaging tree giveaway participants to learn more about the City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist App. Participants will receive bioblitz kits for every 5 observations that they make during the event. The City of Miami residents will have an opportunity to receive up to 2 trees per household as part of the City's Arbor Day festivities. The City will be distributing 200 trees between 9am - 12pm and pre registration is required.

April 27 - Kayaking 101 Clinic and City Nature Challenge BioBlitiz at Bill Sadowski Park

ON SATURDAY - 10:00AM - 12:30 PM: There is no better way to SEE MIAMI DIFFERENTLY than from the seat of a kayak along one of our many waterways. Join our naturalist as they teach you the basic skills required for kayaking. Participants will then get the opportunity to practice their new skills along the C-100 canal that flows right by Bill Sadowski Park. This clinic meets at the Nature Center. Please bring plenty of water, comfortable clothes, and protection from the sun. While we practice our kayak skills, let's discover some plant and animal life around us using our iNaturalist app and get connected to nature.

April 27 - Ocean Studies Charter, FIU, & Florida Bay Forever: CNC Blitz on the bay

On SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Come join us at Florida Bay Outfitters and the Caribbean Club to participate in a Keys-wide BioBlitz! Help FIU scientists find and identify the wildlife species of the Florida Bay ecosystem during our city nature challenge bioblitz. View Ocean Studies Charter student exhibits and sign up for free student-led eco-tours. Be inspired by our Florida Bay!

April 27 - CNC 2 Site Dive/Snorkel off Miami Beach

ON SATURDAY 1:30 PM: Be the Sealution and Sea Grant are hosting a 2 site dive/snorkel trip on Saturday, April 27th at 1:30 PM. We will be visiting two coral reef sites to photograph life under the sea. Bring at least one camera per dive pair and earn volunteer hours diving with us! To confirm your spot on the boat, e-mail Jessica at bethesealution@gmail.com

April 27 - CNC Bioblitz at MarineLab in Key Largo

MarineLab will be participating with our school groups visiting that weekend. During their stay the students will visit multiple ecosystems including seagrasses, mangroves, and coral reefs. While the students snorkel they will see a great range of biodiversity at each site. We intend to record as many species as possible in the nearby habitats that we explore! This will only be for MarineLab Students!

April 27 - Fossil Reef Snorkel at Crandon Park Nature Center and CNC Bioblitz with Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures

ON SATURDAY - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Join Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures on another CNC expedition!Explore the Bear Cut Preserve’s fossilized reef and meet many of its inhabitants on this underwater adventure! Join Crandon Park’s naturalists as you snorkel along the over 2000 year old fossilized mangrove reef (one of only two in the world) alongside spotted eagle rays, queen conchs, sea urchins, sea stars, and more. If you have them, please bring waterproof cameras, go-pros, and/or water proof phone cases so we can capture photos of the marine life we observe. We would like participants upload photos from the trip to iNaturalist so observed species count toward the 2019 City Nature Challenge Bioblitz. This trip meets at the Crandon Park Nature Center; please bring plenty of drinking water (at least one quart) and protection from the sun. You MUST register to attend this event. There are a limited number of seats for this tour.

April 27 - Pine Rockland BioBlitz at Goulds Pineland Preserve

ON SATURDAY - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's "Connect to Protect Network" is teaming with Miami-Dade County's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program to record the biodiversity in Goulds Pineland Preserve during City Nature Challenge. Goulds Pineland does not have facilities but we will have a designated restroom near by. Park on the ROW. Experts will be on hand to guide participants through the (rugged, no-trails) preserve and assist with identifying organisms. This event is geared toward Connect to Protect Network members, though others are welcome. The Connect to Protect Network celebrates South Florida's globally critically imperiled plant community, the pine rockland. We encourage homeowners and schools to plant pine rockland species in our urban areas and participate in pine rockland-themed citizen science initiatives.

April 27 - Coastal Photo Safari Paddle Adventure

ON SATURDAY - From 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Discover Miami’s coastal habitat. There is life of all shapes and sizes living in the sand, rocks, and sea grass beds of Virginia Key Beach North Point Park. Experience this spectacular habitat first hand from your kayak or stand-up paddleboard! We may stop at a beach or sandbar along the ask (subject to tide levels) This is a lighthearted, relaxing, fun paddle for all ages and skill levels. Locals have always known about Virginia Key. One of few remaining natural areas in South Florida, Virginia Key has always been a local favorite for those in the know. Wrap up your morning on Lamar Lake with a tour of our lagoon. A nursery for numerous ocean species this salt water lagoon is home manatees, fish, birds, and event the occasional dolphin visit. Discover Virginia Key, Miami's best kept secret from your kayak or paddleboard. Enjoy Miami like a tourist ;) After all we live here.

April 27 - MUVE BioBlitz

ON SATURDAY - From 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Join Frost Science and our partner organizations in Miami in an effort to engage the city in this citizen science project and show the world the biodiversity at our restoration site in Virginia Key! Virginia Key North Point Trails Arthur Lamb Jr. Road Miami, FL 33149 North Miami Beach, FL 33160

April 27 - CNC Bioblitz at Virginia Key Outdoor Center

ON SATURDAY - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM - We'll be heading into the Virginia Key Mountain Trails and exploring the shoreline at North point for this Bioblitz! Come join us and have fun discovering what lurks and lives on Virginia Key! #DiscoverVK

Sunday, April 28

April 28 - Girl Scout BioBlitz at Biscayne Nature Center

Along with Mountain to Sea Education, Girl Scouts will work on their "Thinking Like A Citizen Scientist" Journey badge and Leadership in Action, while exploring and documenting species found in the amazing sea grass beds of Crandon Park. Contact Anne Haywood at ahaywood.geo@gmail.com if interested!

April 28 - CNC Bioblitz at MarineLab in Key Largo

MarineLab will be participating with our school groups visiting that weekend. During their stay the students will visit multiple ecosystems including seagrasses, mangroves, and coral reefs. While the students snorkel they will see a great range of biodiversity at each site. We intend to record as many species as possible in the nearby habitats that we explore! This is only for students at MarineLab!

April 28 - Matheson Hammock Kayak Trek and CNC Bioblitz with Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures

ON SUNDAY - 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Immerse yourself in the remarkable beauty of Biscayne Bay. Travel with your naturalist-guide through mangroves, the world's only salt-water trees, and discover a world filled with Brown Pelicans, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Nurse Sharks, Sting Rays, and more. Have your iNaturalist handy so we can take photos of the plant and animal life we see on the trip. This trip meets Matheson Hammock Park, after entering you will see a booth which will charge you a $7 parking fee. After passing the booth you must veer right and continue straight then turn right before the bridge into the launch area by the water. You MUST register for this tour. There are a limited number of seats available.

April 28 - CNC Bioblitz at Virginia Key Outdoor Center

ON SUNDAY - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM - We'll be heading into the Virginia Key Mountain Trails and exploring the shoreline at North point for this Bioblitz! Come join us and have fun discovering what lurks and lives on Virginia Key! #DiscoverVK

Monday, April 29

April 29 - CNC Bioblitz at Virrick Park

ON MONDAY: Citizens for a Better South Florida will provide a workshop to the Virrick Park after school program. The students will receive a bioblitz kit which includes a macro lens, magnifying glass, petri dish, and CNC sticker. They will learn about the City Nature Challenge and how to use the iNaturalist App. This event is not open to the public.

April 29 - Rescue a Reef & Frost Science Coral Restoration and BioBlitz

The University of Miami's Rescue A Reef program is leading a unique, hands-on education expedition for recreational divers and snorkelers to participate in coral restoration efforts. Frost Science is hosting volunteer divers and snorkelers to take photos underwater while participating in a Rescue A Reef citizen science dive. Once on land, participants will upload their observations to iNaturalist application.

Friday, May 5

May 5 - Identification Party at Citizens for a Better South Florida

ON FRIDAY - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM We'll be holding a party at the Citizens of a Better South Florida bungalow to celebrate another successful City Nature Challenge and to collaborate to identify as many of the species observed during the previous weekend as possible! Contributions of food would be welcome. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

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Lizards on the Loose!

Use CNC to ID Lizards in SOFLO

Lizards on the Loose is a citizen science platform that encourages the community to ID all lizards, including non-native and invasive lizards in South Florida. Throughout CNC weekend all lizard observations will be used for research on the occurrence, habitat use, and behavior of lizards in South Florida! So get out there an ID those reptiles!!

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Download the app before the events and get some practice being a citizen-scientist!
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