2021 City Nature Challenge

Hello! My name is Aaron Lincoln. I'm a Texas Master Naturalist from the Heart of Texas Chapter in Waco. I'm also an iNaturalist addict. I've brought you all here because I'm in the process of creating a new "city" for the 2021 City Nature Challenge and you are active observers in the counties that will hopefully be approved as "Heart of Texas". If approved, the area I think would be included are the counties Hamilton, Somervell, Bosque, Hill, Coryell, Mclennan, Limestone, Falls and Bell. If you aren't aware of the City Nature Challenge, it was a wonderful time during April when cities across the world have a friendly competition to see who can make the most observations and find the most species. Apart from being a lot of fun, the challenge makes a real contribution to science and helps guide policy sometimes in bigger cities once decision makers see what kind of organisms are present in the area. You can find more info here:

Everything is done on iNaturalist, so you don't have to do anything different, just get out there and make observations. There's usually 4 days for observations followed by a week to upload and make identifications. I live in Bosque County, which currently isn't part of any "city", so I usually drive up to the southernmost county included in the DFW area. I really think that our area with Hillsboro, Waco, Temple, Killeen, Belton, and outlying areas really have something to offer, especially as the area continues to grow and development replaces natural areas.

Here's a link to the results of last year's challenge:
And here's how DFW did:

It was a little too late to get on board for 2020, but 2021, here we come!
I hope to see you all out there, and by all means, help out another city this year and get in on the fun. Also, please tag anyone else you think might be interested.
@sambiology Am I missing anything? :)

Posted on October 30, 2019 02:28 AM by bosqueaaron bosqueaaron


Posted by bosqueaaron over 4 years ago

Thank you for letting me know about this!

Posted by nanotyrannus over 4 years ago

Yea! With the crew you listed, we can give the other cities a run for their money! Include Milam County, and you can gain a few more powerhouse iNat folks! @birdladymilam @sunasak @phyllis6

Posted by connlindajo over 4 years ago

Thank you! I will be looking forward to this!

Posted by tonja over 4 years ago

I don't know if I'll be at Fort Hood in 2021, but if I am, count me in for the CNC!

Posted by davedenlinger over 4 years ago

Great idea, Aaron!

Posted by lovebirder over 4 years ago

thanks for the info and looking forward to helping out

Posted by haneybee over 4 years ago

They couldn't add you in for 2020? It's like 6 months away.

Posted by vermfly over 4 years ago

This looks AWESOME! :) All of I35 will be included in the CNC 2021!

@taniahomayoun is organizing all of the TX cities/metros, so I'm tagging her as well.

Posted by sambiology over 4 years ago

This is fantastic! The I-35 corridor is developing at such a pace that raising awareness of (and collecting data on) biodiversity in this area is going to be key to supporting smarter growth. @bosqueaaron feel free to contact me; I'm happy to help y'all however I can. Even though the 2020 cities are set, it's never too early to start planning - welcome to the Texas City Nature Challenge family!

@sambiology hold on there, we still need Laredo to anchor the southern end of I-35!

Posted by taniahomayoun over 4 years ago

Oooooo! To have Laredo compete would be incredible! I wish I knew more folks down in that area... Loads and loads of diversity there -- I was just there in August (crazy hot and windy), but still spotted lots of critters:

Some day, we'll just have one continuous town in Texas called "i35ville." :)

Posted by sambiology over 4 years ago

Cool. I do love iNaturalist and spend a little time in the wild. 2021 will be here before we know it. I may have to head down to Williamson County and practice in 2020. :-D

Posted by alflinn329 over 4 years ago

@connlindajo I'll do that :)

Posted by bosqueaaron over 4 years ago

I'm running late, but I will help @connlindajo in the Milam County part!

Posted by sunasak over 4 years ago

I'm in for Bell County

Posted by bugman1388 over 4 years ago

Aaron, did you receive this email on TMN listserv?
Kickoff Meeting 2020 City Nature Challenge - Team Houston-Galveston
Those folks are SERIOUS!

Posted by connlindajo over 4 years ago

No, I didn't. The listserv doesn't like me. I only get a few random emails from time to time.

Posted by bosqueaaron over 4 years ago

Good news everyone! The 2021 City Nature Challenge is still on and I've officially created our project! You can see it here:


Please help me if you can to spread the word and get our communities involved.
Happy 2021!

Posted by bosqueaaron over 3 years ago

Tag anyone who I've left out or has come on to the iNat scene since 2019 :)

Posted by bosqueaaron over 3 years ago

Fabulous! I'm in for Bell and Williamson Counties - may wander further in our area! Thanks for setting this up!

Posted by alflinn329 over 3 years ago

Thanks, Aaron! I'm looking forward to this! I'll tag folks as I go along.

Posted by lovebirder over 3 years ago

Looking forward to observing in Milam County this year for the City Nature Challenge!

Posted by connlindajo over 3 years ago

Only 44 DAYS 14 HOURS 4 MIN 12 SEC until our first Heart of Texas City Nature Challenge! April 30, 2021 - May 3, 2021
Got it on my calendar!

Posted by lovebirder over 3 years ago

Can't wait!!

Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

Getting very close!
@lovebirder got a list together of other naturalsits who have made observations in the area. I'll tag them here and hopefully they'll be willing to help :)

Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

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Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

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Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

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Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

And to anyone who may be new to this thread, here's a link to our project home page

Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

We'll need more folks to ID & not just post! :)

Posted by franpfer about 3 years ago

I'm looking forward to this! My area is primarily McLennan county, and perhaps Coryell if my wife and I visit Mother Neff SP.

Posted by baylorbear78 about 3 years ago

Don't forget to join the project by clicking on the link that @bosqueaaron provided and then clicking Join, then all of your observations in the Heart of Texas Project area will be automatically added. The following counties are included it the Heart of Texas City Nature Challenge project:
Bosque County, US, TX, Somervell County, US, TX, Hamilton County, US, TX, Bell County, US, TX, Coryell County, US, TX, Falls County, US, TX, Milam County, US, TX, Hill County, TX, US, McLennan County, TX, US
Reminder: Be sure to post your observations on these days: April 30, 2021 - May 3, 2021
Yes, and help identify all of the observations in the project on these days: May 4, 2021 - May 9, 2021
There are 14 members now. Tell all of your friends and family in the area that can post observations or help id!
I can't wait to see what all we find!

Posted by lovebirder about 3 years ago

I always enjoy this. :-)

Posted by beschwar about 3 years ago

@bosqueaaron Yay! I'm in Denton County (DFW Area), but I sure will spread the word to my friends in the heart of Texas. Good luck, y'all! Can't wait to see what you observe. :-)

Posted by kathrynwells333 about 3 years ago

Sorry but I no longer live in Texas.

Posted by bk117 about 3 years ago

Hey El Camino Real (Milam County) Texas Master Naturalists @chenderson @eaneubauer @phyllis6 @marianmarie @sunasak
Out of the 15 members now listed in the project, our Milam County folk occupy 6 slots!.
Let's all work on our fellow iNat and TMN friends and get them involved in the first ever City Nature Challenge Event that included our county. Remember that Hamilton, Somervell, Bosque, Hill, Coryell, Mclennan, Limestone, Falls and Bell are also in our metroplex.

Let's show Texas that the Heart of Texas is iNaturally Awesome! Spread the word to Ann, Dorothy, Phyllis, Debra, Debbi, Joyce, Don, Jackie, Mike, Sam, John, Sandra, Carol and any others I overlooked to join the project and participate!

Posted by connlindajo about 3 years ago

I don't think I am qualify. Austin, Williamson and Travis county. :-) Thank you for the tag.

Posted by pufferchung about 3 years ago

Wish I could but no longer in Texas. Have fun!

Posted by sydnianajones about 3 years ago

How about a permanent project for the area? I see too many observations from this area appearing in the Edwards Plateau Project which are actually not within the Edwards Plateau which essentially ends at the Colorado River. Many Cross Timbers observations are counted in the Edwards Plateau Project, including mine, which should be in the Heart of Texas. Plus, on old maps of Texas, I came across a description for the area above the Lampasas Cut Plains is one shown on the map as the Comanche Plateau, a very fitting description for the Hill Country west of the Balcones Fault that marks the Edwards Plateau as well. It even may be appropriate to make the Lampasas Cut Plain the project name, but it lacks cache to my mind and is limited in extent while the Comanche Plateau is more obscure but so much more romantic a name. Thanks for listening. And sorry to report, I won't be in the area during the time period. Good luck to all, there is great diversity in that beautiful country.

Posted by billarbon about 3 years ago

@bosqueaaron Thanks for the tag Aaron! I am mostly in Johnson county, so the DFW crew BUT am also a Rio Brazos Master Naturalist. Our chapter does include Somerville County, so I will pass this on to my fellow TMN's via email so that hopefully that side can contribute to this. If I can make it further south during the City Nature Challenge I'll be sure to contribute. Would love to do some iNatting further down stream.

Posted by katelyn3 about 3 years ago

Too bad Navarro County was left off the list. I’m just across the Hill County line in Navarro, but I’ll keep it in mind when out and about.

Posted by jennifer258 about 3 years ago

Thanks for copying me on this. I live in Austin, but visit these counties a lot. I hope that qualifies.

Posted by clairesorenson about 3 years ago

I moved to Florida.

Posted by edoros about 3 years ago

Awesome! I usually cover some of these counties. Thank you for the tag.

Posted by birdbug62 about 3 years ago

I got a bunch of porch moths last year in Bexar County during the CNC, even documented it for YouTube when I was on a more creative kick. Kind of leapfrogged your AOI in our latest move so I'll be working more on the north end of "i35ville" (@sambiology, 2021) in and near Collin County but I appreciate what you're doing to try and fill out the corridor.

Posted by donovanmoxley about 3 years ago

Just seeing this. I visit from Austin, so I won't be on the tally for HoT area, but thanks for the heads up!

Best wishes to all,
Jim Nosler

ps. I will be up at Meridian SP around Memorial Day, happy to post anything to a project folder?

Posted by jnosler about 3 years ago

Thanks! I've got a project for Meridian SP. It will automatically grab any observations from there.

Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

I'm ready to get this going this Friday morning at 12:00 am! Who will submit the first observation?!

Posted by lovebirder about 3 years ago

I was thinking the same!

Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

I think we should share our plans to help canvas the area more effectively. I plan on mothing each night at my Brookshire's in Clifton, hitting Meridian SP, Clifton City Park, 2 ranches in Cranfill's Gap, backroads around Walnut Springs, parks around Lake Whitney, and probably roadsides into Glen Rose.

Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

My areas to cover include Lake Waco Wetlands, Cameron Park in Waco, McLennan County Park on Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir, and Mother Neff State Park. I can't promise I will get to all of those places, but those are my main targets.

Posted by baylorbear78 about 3 years ago

I will be observing somewhere in Milam County.

Posted by connlindajo about 3 years ago

I'll be observing from the Fort Hood and Wimberley areas. On the search for bugs!!

Posted by davedenlinger about 3 years ago

I'll be in Hamilton County at my personal haunt near Shive where I will also be mothing nightly, and I'm hoping to visit Hamilton City Lake, Pecan Creek Park, and the Wetlands.

Posted by lovebirder about 3 years ago

@davedenlinger I hope you can also get Woodhouse's Scrub Jay, Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo!

Posted by lovebirder about 3 years ago

Great! Sounds like we've got most of the area covered. Keep an eye out for those endemic plants!
I'm a bit overwhelmed with stuff, so if anyone wants to invite their local school or college biology class to participate, go right ahead.

Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

@lovebirder and @bosqueaaron I will do my best!

Posted by davedenlinger about 3 years ago

@bosqueaaron unfortunately I live out in Far west Texas. I don’t think I can make it back east for this challenge or I’d happily help out!

Posted by trans-pecos-herpe... about 3 years ago

Well, it rained almost the entire day, but I did what I could today. I used the rainy time to process photos and post them and work on ids.

If you want to see how we're doing compared to other Texas Cities:

Posted by lovebirder about 3 years ago

Yeah, the rain was a bummer and mothing last night was mostly a bust. I haven't uploaded anything yet, but I bet we can at least come in 5th at least. We have to beat Wichita Falls though, they challenged us ;)

Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

Well, a couple of weeks ago we were eating dust.... now we are washing it down.

Posted by connlindajo about 3 years ago

@bosqueaaron What is the deadline for observation entries?

Posted by connlindajo about 3 years ago

Observations need to be uploaded/ID'ed by May 9th -- but the sooner the better! :)

Posted by sambiology about 3 years ago

I think I've got all of mine uploaded! I'm going to do a lot more IDing now.

Posted by lovebirder about 3 years ago

I've got all of mine from the camera uploaded, now just a couple hundred more from the phone :)

Posted by bosqueaaron about 3 years ago

We are doing pretty darn good compared to other Texas cities so far! Once we get everything uploaded and id'd, I think we'll be sitting pretty good.
7th in number of observations
6th in number of species
5th in number of observers

Posted by lovebirder about 3 years ago

It seems like we could use some help with hopper ids. Here is a link to some hoppers and bugs that we need id help with. You may want to change the search up to get to what you may be able to help us with. If you can help, we'd really appreciate it:) We have until the end of day Central US Time to get as many identified as possible.


@nomolosx, @hopperdude215, @delphax, @smckamey, @joelkits, @gernotkunz, @michael_stiller, @marcodehaas, @lesday, @defreitasabner, @micahfletcher, @samjengland, @campodonico, @psyllidhipster, @wongun, @feistyone, @joaco5, @jsauceda_v, @adilson_pinedo

Posted by lovebirder about 3 years ago

looks like I logged on a day late :-/

Posted by nomolosx about 3 years ago

@nomolosx Soloman - sorry, my post was incomplete - we have until end of day today, May 9! There is still time:)

Posted by lovebirder about 3 years ago

@bosqueaaron I'd so sorry, I'm just now reading this. I would have been so happy to do this. I will save the date and plan something out here for 2022, get lots of observers to come and document. Thank you for including me

Posted by p_n_e about 3 years ago

Thanks for your correction to my plant photos of Texas Prickly Ash. If you're still looking for a job, check the job listings on Texas Parks & Wildlife. They sometimes have openings for biologists.

Posted by parkhost almost 3 years ago

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