City Nature Challenge
Frequently Asked Questions relating to COVID-19
NOTE: We urge all participants to carefully follow public health guidelines provided by your local governments, as they are changing in real-time. Individual safety and public health are our utmost priority.
Is the City Nature Challenge still happening? Why or why not?
After careful consideration, we have decided to proceed with the City Nature Challenge (CNC) as scheduled, with observations being made and shared April 24 – 27, and observations being uploaded and identified April 28 – May 3. Our collective results will still be announced May 4. With a few modifications, CNC can still offer people around the world a way to safely connect with nature and each other during these difficult times. While CNC will continue, organizers should ensure that any formal bioblitz events follow the guidelines of local public health authorities. We are providing recommendations for how organizers and observers can shift their individual involvement or CNC events in order to ensure the safety and health of all participants.
What changes are being made to the City Nature Challenge?
To ensure the safety and health of all participants, this year’s CNC is no longer a competition. Instead, we want to embrace the collaborative aspect of sharing observations online with a digital community, and celebrate the healing power of nature as people document their local biodiversity to the best of their ability. We want citizen/community scientists around the world to have the opportunity to participate, while still following all federal and local recommendations to keep communities safe. Please stay tuned for any changes to events in your area.
How can the City Nature Challenge help build community and connection during these uncertain times?
City Nature Challenge is—and always has been—about connecting people and communities with nature. In these challenging times, being outdoors and connecting with nature is a safe and responsible way to cope with stress, while maintaining the health of ourselves and our communities. Moreover, CNC allows us to come together, unite, and collaborate with citizen and community scientists around the world, participating in whatever ways they can, to document the biodiversity of our planet. During such uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to foster a sense of community, and the City Nature Challenge allows us to do just that.
Where can I learn more about COVID-19?
The COVID-19 crisis is rapidly evolving. Here are some links and resources to help you stay informed:
- • World Health Organization
- • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- • Watch a livestream with Shannon Bennett, PhD, the California Academy of Science’s Chief of Science and a virologist who studies infectious diseases, especially those transmitted from animals to humans. Dr. Bennett answered questions submitted by members of our social media community about coronaviruses and COVID-19.