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Help WNC Win The 2019 City Nature Challenge

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Pisgah Forest – Western North Carolina is one of three regions in the state competing in the 2019 City Nature Challenge, a global citizen-science competition to be held April 26 – April 29.

Throughout the four-day event, WNC residents are encouraged to get outside and celebrate their region’s biodiversity by taking photos of plants and animals found in their communities and uploading them to iNaturalist, a mobile application featuring images of nature taken by citizens from around the world. Participating cities or regions who make the most observations of nature, find the most species and engage the most people will be named the winner of the 2019 City Nature Challenge and support scientific research worldwide.

Launched in 2016 and organized by the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the City Nature Challenge started out as a regional event between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Since then, it has grown to include more than 170 cities with more than 441,000 observations made. Within the state of North Carolina, Western North Carolina will be competing against the Charlotte metro area and the Triangle. As part of the City Nature Challenge, several WNC organizations will host events over the weekend to encourage participation and assist with iNaturalist training.

WNC Events include:
Saturday, April 27

  • Cradle Community Bioblitz at The Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest
  • Mountain Science Expo Bioblitz at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville
  • Bioblitz at Warren Wilson College in Black Mountain
  • Junior Ranger Program at Grandfather Mountain

Sunday, April 28

  • Junior Ranger Program at Grandfather Mountain.

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