Saskatoon and Area
City Nature Challenge 2024
CNC YXE 2024

Unite for Nature: Find it, Snap it, Share it!
April 26 to April 29, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City Nature Challenge 2024: 
Saskatoon Embraces Biodiversity on the Global Stage
Saskatoon, April 26 to April 29, 2024


In a thrilling leap into the world of nature exploration, the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas proudly announces Saskatoon's debut participation in the City Nature Challenge 2024 (CNC YXE 2024). This international initiative invites citizens to become biodiversity ambassadors, capturing the rich tapestry of wildlife flourishing in our city.

Unleashing the Power of Citizen Science


The City Nature Challenge encourages everyone, from seasoned naturalists to casual observers, to join forces in documenting the incredible biodiversity within Saskatoon and its surrounding areas. From April 26 to April 29, 2024, residents are invited to explore their neighborhoods, parks, and green spaces, capturing photos and observations of plants, animals, insects, fungi, and more.

The Heartbeat of Saskatoon's Biodiversity


Hosted by the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas, and sponsored by the Saskatoon Nature Society #CNCYXE2024 aims to engage the public in the collection of vital biodiversity data. Participants can utilize the user-friendly iNaturalist app to record their findings, contributing to three exciting award categories: most observations, most species found, and engaging the most people.

When you are at a baseball or soccer game, out for a family walk or picnic, standing at the bus stop, peeking under the dandelion leaves in the garden, find wildlife. It can be any wild plant, insect, mushroom, animal, fungi, or any other evidence of life (shells, scat, fur, tracks, feathers, nests, etc) iNaturalist accepts photos of the organism, as well as sound recordings of the organism you have found.

Be the Voice for Nature
Find it
Snap it
Share it
What will you discover?

Saskatoon's Call to Action


Jerin  a 16-year-old high school student and passionate nature enthusiast, echoes the sentiment of the event, "I'd love to contribute any photos I take on my walks and bike rides around the city!" Jerin's commitment symbolizes the power of individual contributions to create a collective impact.

Take action locally for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
It's a fun challenge to take action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 Life on Land and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 Life Under Water. Documenting species at risk, engaging in early detection and rapid response for invasive species, and to document biodiversity which indicates to scientists species expansions and declines worldwide, and any changes in their habitat range helping to enrich knowledge for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Exciting Events and Collaborations
The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas have organized four special events—one for each day of the challenge—offering participants a chance to connect, share experiences, and learn from fellow nature enthusiasts.

The Countdown Begins
Saskatoon  is registered to compete in the 2024 City Nature Challenge. With the countdown to April 26 underway, citizens are urged to embrace the challenge, whether they're at a baseball game, on a family walk, or even peeking under cabbage leaves in the garden—nature is waiting to be discovered.

Join Us in the Nature Revolution!
For more information on how to participate, event details, and updates, check out the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas YouTube video "What is It?" for observer hints and tips using iNaturalist and an Identification Hints and Tips video on YouTube shows how easy it is to participate in the identification phase!

The City Nature Challenge Saskatoon and Area CNC YXE 2024 runs in three phases

Observation, and data collection phase April 26 – April 29, 2024!

Identification phase April 30 – May 5, 2024

with results announced on May 6, 2024



Let's showcase Saskatoon's vibrant biodiversity and make a mark on the global stage in the City Nature Challenge 2024!


For media inquiries, please contact:
Julia Adamson, Chair Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas friendsafforestation@gmail.com

Note: Detailed information, guidelines, and the project journal will be provided here on the official Saskatoon and Area Community Bioblitz website and the iNaturalist platform. Stay tuned for updates and engage with fellow participants through the project's online community.


For more information
 
Tutorial What is It? (iNaturalist hints and tips for getting started)

Support                  Collaborate



Hosted by the non profit environmental charity: Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.

The City Nature Challenge is run completely by volunteer organizers of the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas. If you’re part of a local stewardship or municipal group and would like to contribute to the promotion of the event, offer your skillsets, or make a donation to this city project please contact friendsafforestation@gmail.com to learn more. We can offer a charitable tax receipt for your donation as well. Send in your contribution for the City Nature Challenge 2024 today!

Donations can be made through Paypal, Canada Helps, Contact Donate A Car Canada, SARCAN Drop & Go 106100594 for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.

City Nature Challenge Saskatoon and Area 2024 CNC YXE 2024iNaturalist 

Hints and Tips iNaturalist How To

Helpful iNaturalist Canada How-To sheets here, and how to get involved with iNaturalist City Nature Challenge

Pamphlets and poster

City Nature Challenge 2024 three brochures or pamphlets and a poster for you to download-

2022 CNCYXE results

How did Saskatoon and Area do the very first time they took part in the City Nature Challenge in 2022? Find out here.

SIGNS OF LIFE accepted

This includes encounters with signs of organisms like tracks, nests, sound recordings or things that just died, etc. - LEARN MORE

Collaborate

We encourage your business, classroom, youth group to take part in the CNC YXE! Your logo on the Saskatoon CNC YXE 2024 banner!

Support

How can you or your business support with in-kind or philanthropic generosity?

Thank you to SNS for sponsorship

Nature's Champions: Where Youth Become Eco-Stewards. Empowering Youth, Enriching Ecosystems: A Partnership with Purpose. From Exploration to Conservation.

In Appreciation of Montgomery Place for support

Montgomery Place: Where History and Nature Thrive, Rooted in History, Growing for the Future. Where Every Step is a Tribute to the Past and a Promise to the Future.

Honoring James and the Métis Translation of the CNC Logo

Celebrating Culture, Collaboration, and Conservation: Michif and Métis: Voices in the City Nature Challenge. Michif Translation of the logo: A Symbol of Unity in the CNC YXE 2024

 Sharing on Social Media

Sharing threads, hash tags, for the CNC YXE 2024 on Social Media! An easy method for you to share content!

Educator and Parent Guide

Engaging Youth with Nature. Hints and Tips, curriculum ideas.

Exploring Nature in and Around Your Home

How to find nature in the city

Educational Resouces for Teachers and Naturalists

Teaching materials about Fungi appropriate for Grades K-3, Grades 4-12 and adult education use in a classroom or lab setting

Nature Lovers AND Environment Naturalist Coordinators

Postings for Environment Naturalist Coordinators AND Nature Lover Observation Recorders

Enchanted Forest Exploration: Discovering Wildlife and Wonders

Tales from the Trail: An Interactive Journey Through Nature

  •  26/04/2024 07:00 PM
  •   Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area - 355 Township Road 362-A

Unleash the power of nature in Saskatoon! Join Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. for an invigorating biodiversity recording and observation event – NatureQuest: Unveiling Biodiversity at Richard St. Barbe Afforestation Area (urban regional park) in Saskatoon, SK.

  •  27/04/2024 02:00 PM
  •   George Genereux Afforestation Area -133 Range Road 3063

Energize your soul with nature's rhythm at the Saskatoon Safari: Biodiversity Bash at Genereux Park! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 2:00 PM. Dive into a communal citizen-science adventure, a vibrant celebration of biodiversity in Saskatoon's gem – George Genereux Urban Regional Park in Saskatoon, SK. Directions

  •  28/04/2024 02:00 PM
  •   Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area 355 Township Road 362-A

Embark on a thrilling biodiversity quest at the "Nature Unveiled: Richard St. Barbe Revelry" event on Sunday, April 28, 2024, at 2:00 PM. Join Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. for an exhilarating citizen-science effort at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in Saskatoon, SK. Directions to parking area P2

  •  29/04/2024 07:00 PM
  •   George Genereux Afforestation Area GPS 52.1089473,-106.7925807. 133 Range Road 3063, Saskatoon, SK, CA

oin us on an exhilarating biodiversity quest at George Genereux Urban Regional Park as part of the City Nature Challenge 2024 in Saskatoon! 🌿✨ The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. invites you to be a part of this communal citizen-science effort to record the diverse species within this picturesque location.

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Le Défi nature urbaine est une initiative internationale invitant les gens à trouver et à consigner plantes et animaux sauvages dans des villes de partout dans le monde.1

Il s’agit d’une compétition entre les villes Cette année, l’accent sera plutôt mis sur l’importance de la nature dans nos vies et l’aspect collaboratif du partage d’observations en ligne. 2

1. citynaturechallenge.org/participate/
2 https://ccn-ncc.gc.ca/evenements/defi-nature-urbaine


  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • George Genereux Urban Regional Park NE 21-36-6 W3 - George Genereux Afforestation Area -133 Range Road 3063 - GPS 52.1089473,-106.7925807 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Part SE 23-36-6 W3- South East Parking (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) - 241A Township Road 362-A - GPS 52.100826, -106.742013
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