Rogers’ First City Nature Challenge a Success


The last weekend of April is when City Nature Challenge takes place.  It is an international “competition” between cities (and other communities) to record what is out and about in nature all at the same time.

This year Rogers Center entered the competition for the first time.  The weather was chilly and damp, but this didn’t keep folks from getting out there, taking photos, and uploading them to the iNaturalist app.

The Central New York CNC project encompassed Madison, Chenango and Otsego counties, so anyone who was out from April 28 until May 1 and uploaded photos to iNaturalist contributed to our totals.

Here are the stats from our very first Challenge:

  • 782 observations
  • 329 species
  • 33 participants

The “winner” was the city of La Paz, Boliva.  Here are their stats:

  • 126,435 observations
  • 5,344 species
  • 3025 paritipants

And globally, here are the stats:

  • 1,870,763 observations
  • 57, 227+ species
  • 66,394 participants

Here are some photos from the Central New York City Nature Challenge 2023.

feeding “tracks” of a slug on the underside of a shelf fungus

Spring Tree-Top Flasher larva (a type of firefly)

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Trout Lily (the most reported species in our project)

A type of mason bee, I think

Dusky Salamander

Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Phoebe, posing so sweetly

Cecropia moth cocoon – I just happened to glance to the side and caught sight of it.

We hope you will join us next year – we have a goal to get over 1000 observations!