2023 CNCSOFLO Results

Hello CNCSOFLO Participants!

On behalf of all of the organizers involved in the City Nature Challenge, including Frost Science, University of Florida IFAS, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, West Palm Beach, Florida International University, Miami Eco Adventures, Citizens for a Better South Florida, Outdoor Connections, the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program, Mountain to Sea Education, Miami-Dade County and others, a big thank you goes to all of the observers, identifiers and everyone that put events together to get people outside, helping to showcase South Florida's amazing biodiversity.

Our numbers this year were off the charts, as we:
-doubled our observations (22k compared to 11k last year)
-jumped to over 3k species compared to 2.2k last year
-added 500 observers (almost 1.1k compared to 622 last year)

I'm not sure whose idea it was to add West Palm Beach to our City Nature Challenge but it made an enormous difference! Many users observed species that we simply don't get in Broward, Miami-Dade or Monroe and that is a big reason that our species numbers shot up so much. Our area was already quite large (Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties) and with the addition of Palm Beach, it made it a lot easier to climb the ranks. Thankfully we had huge participation in Palm Beach to fully take advantage of so much new ground to cover! A big shout out also goes to many schools and young people who participated this year, as that really shot our observers count past the 1,000 mark! Many dedicated teachers and professors made a big difference in showing our students how to use iNaturalist :-)

Below is a breakdown of our rankings as of today, May 17th. Bear in mind some of our numbers have changed since the official results were released on May 8th.

2023 City Nature Challenge- SOFLO results ranked against 482 other cities/areas (up from 445 cities last year)
-17th by observation count (up 16 places from 33rd last year)
-7th by species count (up by 14 places from 23rd last year)
-11th by observer count (up by 12 places from 23rd to last year)
P.S. we are really more like in 6th place by species count because 1st place went to the "Global Project" which literally includes every single iNaturalist observation posted during CNC weekend that wasn't in an area covered by one of the participating areas! There's no way a single participating area could beat the diversity of the rest of the world!

You can look through the City Nature Challenge leaderboards, which compare all the cities, here:

Check out our stats from this year compared to 2022 and 2021 below:
CNCSOFLO 2023 vs 2022 vs 2021

These numbers will change as more observations are added (better late than never!) More identifications will also continue to come in as the iNaturalist community looks through observations that haven't been identified yet (in the Needs ID stage- we still have almost 7,000 observations in this stage).

Last year I included around 40 observations to highlight but I didn't dive as deeply into the observations as I did last year and don't want to leave out any cool observations I missed. So... if you click on the next link below, you can scroll past the stats and see some of the observations that got the most faves, comments and identifications. There are some really cool ones in there so make sure to give it a look! It would also be great if you mention some of your own favorite observations in the comments below, whether you posted them yourself or noticed someone else's observation. Bare in mind this can only be done on the iNaturalist website/not through the app!

If you missed the highlights from last year, or simply want to revisit them, you can see the journal post I wrote up here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2022-south-florida-cncsoflo/journal/65814-2022-cncsoflo-results

Thanks again for participating this year! Also, a big thank you to our top identifiers, @b_gonzalez added over FIVE THOUSAND identifications and @jimw3 added over 3.5k identifications. @oliver_g_jones and I each added over 2k identifications too. @brittanymmason almost hit the 1k mark and @stevewoodmansee lent his botanical knowledge to also really help boost our species count. @lgarriga was also in our top 8 identifiers and @coolcrittersyt shared his insect/arthropod ID skills, too! In the observation department, shoutout to @fherrerav and @coreytcallaghan for breaking the 500 observation count with Jim Wetterer and I and also @lgarriga @flortnash @alyssacritters and @coolcrittersyt for rounding out the top 8.

Some final notes:
-Don't forget to follow CNCSOFLO's official Instagram page @cncsoflo and you can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CNCsoflo
-Make sure to join next year's project so you can get updates when we start planning: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2024-south-florida-cncsoflo
-Check out the official City Nature Challenge's journal post for CNC 2023 with a neat infographic:
-If you'd like to view this journal post in an internet browser or what to share it with anyone, here's the link:

One more thing... remember iNaturalist is up and running all year! One of the best ways to train your eyes to find biodiversity is to keep on the lookout all the time. You never know what you will learn or find!

Thanks again,
Joe MDO & the CNCSOFLO team

Publicado el 18 de mayo de 2023 a las 12:09 AM por joemdo joemdo


This was my first time participating in the CNC and I had a wonderful time! Thanks so much for such a great event and I look forward to participating again next year! I have so many of my favorite observations but here are a few:

(Suspected) Bobcat claw: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158193845
Everglades Racer: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158157166
Phaon Crescent: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158359929
Two different weevil species trying to mate: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158193953
Echo Moth: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158359981

Anotado por lgarriga hace 11 meses

Way to go everyone! I'm hoping to get more reef species on there next year, this year's weather just wasn't on our side. Thanks for another great event!

Anotado por lt422 hace 11 meses

Awesome job this year, everyone! Love to see so many participants. And thanks as always Joe for the great summary post. Really cool to see our progress over the years. I feel like the weather always has it out for us on CNC weekend haha. I was really happy to break 200 species, even though I ended up with a lot of "unknowns" waiting for one of you to help me ID :)

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/157087152 @joemdo , this one of yours that sat at the top of most comments and faves is truly awesome. Not only a super cool find but fantastic photos! Your page always reminds me how much stuff you can find in your own backyard, literally and figuratively. One day I'm finally going to get a blacklight setup together.

Welcome to the fun of CNC, @lgarriga ! I really enjoyed seeing your posts throughout the weekend. The echo moth you posted above is ridiculously cute, not to mention the super cool caterpillar, too! https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158359980

As for my own favorite obs -
Best discovery from flipping logs/rocks: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/160223102 So cool to see the eggs! Special shoutout to my dad even with his recently broken elbow who was out helping me flip rocks and logs all weekend!!
Favorite photo: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/160194967 These dusky ameivas on Key Biscayne are always fun to look for.
Most unexpected: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158518860 This longhorn beetle species that I'd never heard of, found while I was downstairs doing laundry in the wee hours of the last day of CNC, was just fun. Good reminder that you never know what could turn up!

Already looking forward to next year and feeling inspired to always be on the lookout year round :)

Anotado por alyssacritters hace 11 meses

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