The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies and the Department of Biology at UNM are forming two teams to participate in the 2022 City Nature Challenge

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The City Nature Challenge is an annual global collaborative effort that finds and documents plants and wildlife around urban areas. Teams use an app called iNaturalist to photograph nature around Albuquerque.  

Albuquerque is competing against Tucson, Phoenix, and El Paso. 

After the observation period ends, experts review submitted photos. The final deadline is May 8, after this, winners in different categories are announced. 

UNM students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join team GES or BIO. All Lobos can join, regardless of their department.

Those who are interested should download the iNaturalist app to their phone. After this they can join an Albuquerque team such as team GES or team BIO. From April 29 to May 2 participants will make as many observations as possible in Bernalillo, Sandoval, or Valencia counties. 

Updates and information are available by contacting The Center for Community Geography: Or by checking their website and social media (@nmcommunitygeog). There is also an iNaturalist tutorials and a finding observations tutorial available.