This year’s friendly global citizen science competition, the City Nature Challenge, ended up with 159 cities competing! These cities tried to get people out making nature observations using the free iNaturalist application to take photos that were uploaded during a 4 day competition to see who could get the most people involved, make the most observations and identify (through crowd sourcing) the most species. These could all later be data mined by researchers and others to provide information for various projects.
This year the Greater Washington DC Region once again did very well, despite there being more cities competing from the 68 that participated last year. Reporting 29,976 observations, the DC Region came in 10th overall.