Biodiversity Challenge 2023

Unite for Nature: Take on the Biodiversity Challenge!

Saskatoon Biodiversity Challenge

Press Release

Join us for the Saskatoon and Area Community Bioblitz, an exciting citizen science initiative aimed at documenting the rich biodiversity in the Saskatoon region. From June 8th to June 11th, we invite nature enthusiasts, scientists, and curious individuals of all ages to participate in this collaborative effort to observe and identify as many species as possible within our designated bioblitz area.

The bioblitz area, which encompasses diverse ecosystems including forests, wetlands, grasslands, and urban environments, is specified in the project journal, providing participants with clear boundaries to focus their exploration. Your observations can help us create a comprehensive inventory of the flora and fauna found in our region.

To participate, simply head outdoors and start making observations using the iNaturalist platform. Remember, all observations must be made by the stroke of midnight at the end of June 11th. However, we understand that you may have stored observations on your camera taken between June 8th and June 11th, so we will allow an additional 7 days for you to submit them.

Preliminary results will be tallied shortly after the submission deadline, but the identification and refining process will continue until July 31st. This extended period allows participants to collaborate, research, and refine their identifications, ensuring the highest possible accuracy in our final results.

By participating in the Saskatoon and Area Community Bioblitz, you will contribute valuable data that aids in conservation efforts, informs local environmental management, and deepens our understanding of the natural world. Together, we can uncover hidden gems of biodiversity and foster a greater appreciation for the ecosystems that surround us.
Join us on this remarkable journey to explore, document, and celebrate the incredible biodiversity of the Saskatoon region. Let's make a difference and create a lasting impact for generations to come.

Important Dates:
  • Bioblitz Period: June 8th - June 11th, 2023
  • Final Observation Submission Deadline: June 18th, 2023
  • Preliminary Results: June 19th - July 31st, 2023
  • Final Results: July 31st, 2023
Note: Detailed information, guidelines, and the project journal will be provided 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 Biodiversity 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 to learn more.  We can offer a charitable tax receipt for your donation as well. Send in your contribution is for the Saskatoon and Area Biodiversity Challenge

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

Saskatoon Biodiversity Challenge
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  •   George Genereux Urban Regional Park

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  •  10/06/2023 02:00 PM
  •   Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, SK

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  •  11/06/2023 02:00 PM - 11/06/2023 04:00 PM
  •   George Genereux Urban Regional Park, Saskatoon, SK

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  •   Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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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

Habituellement, il s’agit d’une compétition entre les villes, mais en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19, ce ne sera pas le cas en 2023. 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


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 Posters

Pamphlets and posters for downloads -

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.

 Sharing on Social Media

Sharing images for social media, hash tags, and how to promote the CNC YXE 2023

Educator and Parent Guide

Before the City Nature Challenge Hints and Tips.

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


A pdf download about the City Nature Challenge 2022

Nature Lovers AND Environment Naturalist Coordinators

Postings for Environment Naturalist Coordinators AND Nature Lover Observation Recorders

How To Host Your Own BioBlitz Event

Planning a BioBlitz? Quick How-To meetings.

  • 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