Which City is the Wildest?
City Nature Challenge 2021

Cities around the world will compete on April 30 to May 3, 2021 to see which urban area has the most nature and the most engaged residents! The City Nature Challenge will include nearly 200 cities from around the world including 14 metro areas here in Texas: Abilene/Big Country, Amarillo, Austin, Brazos Valley, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, Waco/Heart of Texas, Houston-Galveston, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Lubbock, Port Aransas/Mustang Island, San Antonio and Wichita Falls.

If you live in or around one of these areas, show the world just how much nature we have here in Texas! It’s easy to participate by joining an event or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app. Take a picture of an outdoor plant, animal (excluding pets and potted plants) or fungi, upload it to iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.org), and the online community will help you accurately identify the species.

Following the four-day collection event you can then join to help accurately identify those plants and animals from May 4 to May 9 with identifications on iNaturalist, so no matter where you are in the world, share your Texas knowledge to help make this project a success.

Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas Master Naturalist program, The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society, local partners and other agencies, and many others throughout Texas will be joining this fun challenge. The data generated from this event will help researchers, land managers, and policy makers, so please participate! How will we measure up to other cities around the world?

Go to www.tpwd.texas.gov/naturechallenge to find links to the Texas projects and learn more about how you can participate. You can also contact the Texas Nature Trackers program at tracker@tpwd.texas.gov with any questions. Let’s find some nature!

The City Nature Challenge is organized on a global scale by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences.

The City Nature Challenge is organized by the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

California Academy of Sciences Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County