City Nature Challenge

Port Coquitlam is collaborating with the City of Coquitlam and Port Moody, local stewardship groups, institutions and Metro Vancouver Parks to host free events and activities as part of the City Nature Challenge (CNC), a friendly global competition that encourages people to find and document wildlife in their cities.

The Tri-Cities will compete with communities around the world to gather the most observations about nature, find the most species and engage the most people from Apr. 29 to May 2 through iNaturalist, a project of National Geographic and the California Academy of Sciences.

All CNC events are free and open to all Tri-City residents. Some activities may require pre-registration.  Details and links for events in Coquitlam and Port Moody can be found at coquitlam.ca/naturechallenge and
portmoody.ca/naturechallenge.

Schedule of Events

Pre-Challenge

Wednesday, April 20 | The Power of Citizen Science | 7 pm 
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the power of citizen science and how you can help preserve nature with Professor John Reynolds from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Reynolds specializes in conservation ecology and is also the chair of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Species in Canada. This event will be held virtually via Zoom.

Port Coquitlam Events

Friday, April 29 | City Nature Challenge Kickoff @ Gates Park | 2:30pm – 4:30pm
City Parks Staff will have a tent set up at Gates Park and will be engaging park users on how they can participate in the City Nature Challenge. Stop by to say hello and ask questions.

Saturday, April 30 | Children’s Story Time & Nature Literacy Event @ Lions Park | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Join us at Lions Park between 11:00am – 1:00pm for nature themed children’s stories in the park. City staff will be on-site to talk about plant identification and how you can participate in the City Nature Challenge.

Sunday, May 1 | Native Plant Identification @ Citadel Heights Park | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Explore trees and shrubs that were recently planted through Port Coquitlam’s Greener City initiative on the hillside at Citadel Heights Park. Test out your plant identification skills to discover what native species were used, and learn more about PoCo’s Greener City Initiative.

Monday, May 2 | Scavenger Hunt behind Hyde Creek Rec Center | 9:00am – 11:00am
Test your plant identification skills by joining Parks staff on the PoCo Trail behind Hyde Creek Rec Center for a plant scavenger hunt. Walk the trail to see how many different species you can find!

Using the iNaturalist App

iNaturalist is an initiative of National Geographic and the California Academy of Sciences. It is is a network of citizens, naturalists and biologists who map and share observations about biodiversity around the globe.

The app is free and open to everyone. Members can browse nearby posts, upload their own images and audio recordings, and receive feedback and information from the iNaturalist community.

To have your observations counted for the Tri-Cities in this year’s City Nature Challenge:

  • Go to www.inaturalist.org or download the free iNaturalist app from the App Store or Google Play and create an account.
  • Under Projects, search for and join “City Nature Challenge 2022: Tri-Cities, British Columbia”.
  • From Apr. 29 to May 2, click Observe on the app or Add Observations on the website to add observations of any wild living or dead organism you see in the Tri-Cities – including plants, animal, birds, fungi, etc. – or evidence of them, such as shells, feathers or scat.
  • Observations may include descriptions, uploaded photos, or photo or audio recordings through the app. Photos should be clear and full-frame.

Visit the CNC FAQ page at www.citynaturechallenge.org for detailed instructions and tips for making eligible observations.

Participation in the City Nature Challenge is open to everyone. The use of iNaturalist is not required to participate. iNaturalist is a third-party app, and the City of Port Coquitlam makes no claims about the security or privacy of its use. Visit https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/privacy to view the iNaturalist Privacy Policy.

Contact

Parks Department
Tel 604.927.5496
Email parks@portcoquitlam.ca