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City Nature Challenge ABQ

We invite everyone in Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Valencia counties to explore nature in and around your community and share your observations on the iNaturalist app or website from April 26 - 29, 2024

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It’s easy to participate!

 1.  Set up an account at

 2.  Find details about in-person events at our iNaturalist project page and join the project to receive updates. 

 3.  Download the app on your mobile device 

 4.  Take and submit your photos of animals and their signs (tracks, scat, feathers, etc.), plants, and fungi you find during the challenge. 

You can also submit your observations and photos via the website. 

Be part of the iNaturalist community and help identify others’ observations and have iNaturalist and its community help you!

City Nature Challenge is a global collaborative effort to find and document wildlife observations of all kinds (birds, insects, plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and more) on iNaturalist from April 26 - 29, and help ID sightings through May 5th. Over 400 cities on 6 continents are participating in the 9th annual City Nature Challenge! 

City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist promote community science, in which all of us can participate in exploring and studying nature, and documenting urban biodiversity along with scientists. 

Learn more about the global City Nature Challenge at Stay informed about City Nature Challenge ABQ and find out about upcoming events! This is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to get outside this spring and explore nature. Start making observations now to learn the program--it is amazing how often it will identify what you have spotted right away, but someone may identify it in the days or weeks later, too! 

Resources for using iNaturalist:
Finding Observations for iNaturalist in your Neighborhood video by CNC ABQ
iNaturalist virtual training recording by CNC ABQ
iNaturalist tutorials

2024 City Nature Challenge is a great way to spend time and de-stress while learning about urban biodiversity. Learn more at

Want to compete as a team? Email with your team name & logo/photo for the project banner, if you and your organization/department/class/troop/group want to compete against other teams on our iNaturalist team leaderboard. You can have anyone (volunteers, friends, family, etc.) join your team, and it doesn't take any extra work beyond joining your team's project on iNaturalist.

Don't forget to join our project for updates about events! 


(check for updates closer to the Challenge)

Friday 4/26

City of Albuquerque and Petroglyph NM event, Location: Piedras Marcadas Canyon, Time: 6-7:30

Saturday 4/27

BioBlitz at Valle de Oro, Time: 7am to noon

Tingley Beach Meander (Public Walk led by UNM Biology) Meet at the Tingley Beach NW Parking Lot, Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

City of Albuquerque event w/ City cleanup at Piedra Lisa Trailhead (off of Camino De La Sierra), Time: 10am-12pm

NPS Junior Ranger Day at Petroglyph Information Center (at the intersection of Western Trail and Unser Blvd). Time: 10 am - 3 pm.

Mountain Kids and Latino Outdoors event Location: Hyde Memorial State Park in Santa Fe Time: 10-3pm (tentative)

USFS Junior Ranger Day event, details tbd

Sunday 4/28

Alameda Open Space Stroll (Public Walk led by UNM Biology) Meet at the Alameda Bosque Trail Parking Lot, Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

City of Albuquerque event Candelaria Nature Preserve, Time: 1-3pm

Monday 4/29

City of Albuquerque event, Location: Pueblo Montano, Time: 8-10 am