1K By May: Let's Put Pittsburgh On The Map During The City Nature Challenge

April 27, 2018 by Lauryn Stalter

Wherever you are in Pittsburgh, you're in Penn's Woods. We're connected to nature not only through our parks, but also the trees that line our streets, the squirrels that tiptoe along our power lines, the pigeons that nestle into the fronts of buildings.

A whirlwind weekend event is challenging urbanites in 70 cities across the world to see the nature all around them. The City Nature Challenge is a competition to make the most individual nature observations. We're asking you, Pittsburgh, to channel your competitive spirit to put our city on the map!


With a curious mind and a little patience, we think that anyone can be a citizen scientist. The Challenge isn't about discovering new species; rather, it's about showing just how biologically diverse our city is. 

  1. The first step is the most important: Get outside! Find a good place to sit and observe, and watch the world around you come to life. Snap photos of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, plants, fungi, mollusks - anything that lives in our city.
  2. Upload your finds to iNaturalist (click here to login or create a new account), marked with the location where they were found. 

That's it! No matter your age or amount of nature knowledge, you can get outside this weekend to take part in the Challenge. 


 Your observations will be part of a massive database that will be used by scientists across the globe. Our hope is to show that Pittsburgh is an exceptionally biodiverse area. 

Already, up to 970 different species have been recorded in Frick Park's Nine Mile Run alone. With your help, we hope to reach 1,000 recorded species by the end of the first stage of the City Nature Challenge on May 1st. 

Our City Nature Challenge partners ask, "What will we find this year, when we look all over the world?" Let's get out there and find out!

Want to learn more? Click here to learn more about Pittsburgh's efforts in the City Nature Challenge.

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