City Nature Challenge Finals, 05-09-21

This was the day when the final count for this year’s City Nature Challenge“…The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. Cities are working together to document organisms and species, and engage people in community science…”

I was in the Sacramento Region group which included Sacramento, Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Sutter, Yuba and Yolo Counties. Out of all of those counties, only 593 people participated.

Out of those 593 observers, I came in 5th and my friend Roxanne came in 12th. We did good!

Some people “cheated” on their numbers. One guy, for example, came in 9th but his stats were off. He entered 235 observations but of only 40 species, which means he entered the same species sighting 5 or 6 times (or more) to artificially boost his numbers. I also looked at his photos… There were lots of photos of the same black branch with something backlit on it which he identified as a couple of different birds.

How is any of that fair to others who were trying to participate honestly; and how does posting a lot of black backlit images help scientists identify or verify anything?  They need someone to seriously oversee these entries for clarity and lack of repetition.

CLICK HERE read more about the observers and observations.