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City Nature Challenge 2019 Recap

Citizen scientists across the state recently set out to identify and document species in our region as part of the 2019 City Nature Challenge!

Published May 14, 2019

By the end of the four-day challenge, our area’s citizen scientists identified 1,268 species of local wildlife—16 of which are currently threatened, including the American eel, bald eagle, double-crested cormorant and the northern red-bellied cooter.

Red-bellied cooter

This year, 458 citizen scientists made a total of 8,499 observations in the Baltimore region, which includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. Out of the 1,268 species observed, 110 were new species that had not been previously recorded on iNaturalist in our region.

The three most-observed species were all plants—the garlic mustard, the ground ivy and the wineberry. Bird species were also abundant in the region, with American robins, mallards and northern cardinals among the most identified species.

At the end of the challenge, the Baltimore region finished in 4th place for number of observers and 5th place for number of species identified among metro area regions similar in size!

This is the second year the National Aquarium has led City Nature Challenge efforts in the Baltimore region. After a strong showing last year, Baltimore significantly improved in this year’s challenge! Citizen scientists made 2,700 more observations and identified 350 more species than last year.

Check out all of the local wildlife observed in the Baltimore region during the 2019 City Nature Challenge here!

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