Diario del proyecto City Nature Challenge 2021: New York City

04 de mayo de 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.

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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.

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03 de mayo de 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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02 de mayo de 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.

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01 de mayo de 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.

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29 de abril de 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 de abril de 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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02 de abril de 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.

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31 de marzo de 2021

Land Acknowledgement for City Nature Challenge: NYC

The City Nature Challenge: New York City takes place in Lenapehoking, the ancestral, unceded lands of the Lenape people. Lenapehoking includes parts of what are now known as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We want to acknowledge and pay respect to Lenape elders, past and present. This land has great significance to the Lenape people who were forced to leave it by European colonists, and we must recognize this fact as we explore the nature of what is now called New York City. The Lenape were the original stewards of this land and its many different habitats. There are only a few spaces left that resemble what this area was like before colonization and we encourage you to be respectful in these spaces and all places in the city. We ask that you be thoughtful when you are out on this land and realize that settler colonialism has deeply changed this landscape from what it once was. We hope that your nature observations in Lenapehoking inspire you to seek out more information about the Lenape people and culture. Here are some places to start:

The Lenape Center

"Home in Lenapehoking" - An interview of Joe Baker and Hadrien Coumans, co-founders of The Lenape Center, in Urban Omnibus.

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16 de marzo de 2021

City Nature Challenge FAQ and Other Helpful Info

Thanks to the global organizers at California Academy of Science and the Natural History Museum of LA County, there's a new Frequently Asked Questions document for 2021! You can access it here. Some highlights include:

  • how this year is focused on global collaboration
  • finding WILD organisms and marking captive/cultivated observations if you make any
  • participating in identifying
  • making good observations
  • lots of links to short videos to get even more help

To see a map and list of all the cities participating this year, click here,

For educational resources, check out this Education Toolkit.

UPDATE (3/24): There is now a iNaturalist Forum category here where you can also find answers to your questions.

Stay tuned here for info about NYC CNC events (virtual and in-person) and within NYC sub-competitions like our Battle of the Boroughs. If anyone is interested in making posts or being involved with the borough sub-projects, send me an email at kelly.odonnell@mhc.cuny.edu.

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