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The 2024 City Nature Challenge is a wrap, and the results are in! This marked Calgary’s sixth year of participation, and we couldn't be prouder of our community. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all participants, spectators, and partner organizations for your unwavering support!

The year 2024 was another epic chapter, during which we collectively put Calgary's biodiversity on the map. We want to extend our congratulations to La Paz for their outstanding performance across all categories. Your dedication to nurturing a robust network of conservationists and community scientists is truly inspiring. We also saw some incredible performances in Canada and it’s nice to have some national competition that pushes us harder each year. Congratulations to Montreal and Vancouver for their successes this year! We have the Canadian results all shared below.

We also want to acknowledge the global CNC organizer team from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the California Academy of Sciences. The team is composed of superheroes and throughout the year provide guidance, resources, and stoke for the challenge. This was the 9th annual global CNC and they continue to do out-do themselves each year, propelling the event into a worldwide phenomenon with 690 cities participating and 2.4 million observations made over the four days. The global team has put together a fantastic summary which you’ll find below. If you’re looking for the global results and statistics from this year’s event, please visit www.citynaturechallenge.org.

 
 

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2024 CNC Calgary Global Rank:

Observations: 13,451 (42nd / 690 Cities)

Species: 788 (167th / 690 Cities)

Observers: 280 (67th / 690 Cities)

 

2024 CNC Calgary Canada Rank:

Observations: 13,451 (3rd / 40 Cities)

Species: 788 (8th / 40 Cities)
Observers: 280 (6th / 40 Cities)
 
 
 

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YYC Observations (13,451)

Observations

Whether you posted 1 observation, hundreds, or even thousands, every observation mattered, and you made 2024 an overwhelming success! This year we had 280 observers bioblitzing the Calgary Metropolitan Region.

 

The average observation count per participant was 48 observations, which shows the commitment our local naturalists have during the CNC. Across the globe, the average observation count per participant was 36. It was for this reason we were able to surpass our goal of 10,000 observations. Not by a little, but by A LOT: 13,451 observations! In comparison, we had 9301 observations in 2023 which we thought was huge.

Species

YYC Species

If you think Calgarian’s love crocus, the proof is in the Prairie Pasqueflowers. It was not only our top observed species, but our love for these flowers made it the 5th most observed species in all of Canada. We may have to change the name to the City Crocus Challenge next year.

At the time of the results, we documented 788 species (648 wild species). Of this, 71 species are on the IUCN threatened list which were from 442 observations. Pretty Cool!

YYC Observers

(280 iNaturalist contributors)

 
 
Observers

Below are the top 10 Calgary CNC 2024 top observers. Congratulations on your massive accomplishments and contributions to mapping out Calgary's biodiversity!

Observer
Observations
Species Observed
wowokayyes
2627
264
mrjmorris
2019
126
unraisedshelf
1011
124
aaronroberge
667
111
norbertkondla
489
74
unknownalloy
382
67
kwright44
331
103
bob73
286
93
cllynn101
256
62
pbulman
243
108

Summary

 

Below you will find the Canadian Results for CNC observations, species, and observers. It's amazing to see how far we have come since our first event in 2019 where there were only 3 Canadian cities involved. In 2024, we had 40 Canadian cities coast-to-coast. Cumulatively, Canadians racked in over 123,000 observations recorded over the four days of the CNC. Up significantly from the 76,000 in 2023.

For 2025, we'll need all of the help we can get to stay on top! If you have ideas and and interest in assisting with the organization of the event, we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch! 

Thank you!!! 

See you next year!

 

For more details on how different the cities really are when it comes to biodiversity, please take a look at the Canadian CNC 2024 iNaturalist project!

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