City Nature Challenge 2019Hong Kong placed second, in terms of the number of species observed, in the 2019 City Nature Challenge! Overall, a total of 31,144 observations, covering 3,596 species were recorded in Hong Kong as of 10 May
Held in 26-29 April, the global competition involved nearly 160 cities competing against each other by taking photographs of nature (plants, insects, birds, fungi, etc) on the free app, iNaturalist.
WWF-Hong Kong was proud to join forces with other NGOs, universities and schools, arranging eco-guided visits at Hong Kong Park and Island House. We also incorporated the City Nature Challenge into activities at our centres in Mai Po and Hoi Ha Wan, which has some of the widest range of biodiversity in the city. The event is a fantastic way to educate participants on the amazing biodiversity right on our own doorstep!
There are still many species waiting to be discovered. Let’s keep up the great work and promote Hong Kong biodiversity. Next up, the Hong Kong Inter-school City Nature Challenge in November, when Hong Kong secondary schools compete in a friendly to log the most species in and around their campus, to gather more data on Hong Kong’s urban biodiversity!
Initiated by the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the City Nature Challenge is an annual international effort for people to find and document wildlife in cities across the globe and share it via the iNaturalist app.
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