City Nature Challenge 2020: The Maritimes Umbrella Project's News

January 13, 2020

Sign up to iNaturalist Canada!

If you are reading this blog then we hope that you are interested in participating in the 2020 City Nature Challenge. One of the first steps is to join iNaturalist. If you are Canadian, please go to and join. To verify if your iNat account is associated with Canada simply review your iNat profile settings.

Why associate with
iNaturalist Canada is a member of the iNaturalist Network (a collection of localized websites that are fully connected to the global iNaturalist community). Network sites are supported by local institutions that have signed an agreement with iNaturalist to promote local use and benefit local biodiversity. They have access to true coordinates from their countries that are automatically obscured from public view in order to protect threatened species.

How does iNat deal with postings of species that are threatened/endangered or of conservation concern?
Coordinates are automatically obscured for all taxa that are "NEAR THREATENED" or worse according to the IUCN Red List, with some exceptions. NatureServe Canada's Conservations Data Centers (CDCs), establish and maintain the conservation statuses for each province and territory (except Quebec) that control the automatically obscured taxa. In the Maritimes the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre (ACCDC) is located in Sackville, NB.

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January 12, 2020

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure?

In 2019 HRM was the sole Maritime entry in the international City Nature Challenge (CNC). This year six Maritime areas (the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), the Valley, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), Saint John, Westmorland County, and Urban PEI (Charlottetown + Summerside) are registered to participate along with 250+ cities in this huge global biodiversity citizen science event.

Help boost your favourite Maritime area(s) by making observations April between 24 - 27 and/or helping to identify observations between April 28 - May 3, 2020. Let’s beat the HRM’s record of 7,646 observations from last year.

Please share the Maritimes CNC 2020 poster and help promote this event.

Join this 2020 umbrella project and Facebook for more news and updates for all the Maritime entries.

For more info on the global CNC project click here

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