The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Archive: 05/04/2022

The UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to coordinate efforts for the Pioneer Valley’s participation in the annual international City Nature Challenge (CNC). The Challenge consists of a submission period from Friday, April 29, to Monday, May 2, 2022, during which participants submit observations (such as photos or audio evidence) of any wild organism in the Pioneer Valley* using the free mobile app iNaturalist, and a crowdsource-based identification period from Tuesday, May 3, to Sunday, May 8, 2022.

According to the CNC website, the Challenge was started in 2016 by citizen science teams at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco “as a fun way to capitalize on their home cities’ friendly rivalry and hold a citizen science event around urban biodiversity.” Additionally, the wildlife information gathered during the Challenge “gives scientists, educators, urban planners, and policymakers insight into the biodiversity of urban locales throughout the world.” Last year, more than one million observations were made.

This year marks the third year that the Pioneer Valley is officially participating. Melanie Radik, librarian in the Science and Engineering Library, is spearheading organization efforts with an information guide and the following workshops for interested participants:


*Please avoid landscaped areas planted by people, pets, zoos, etc.