The City Nature Challenge 2024 has drawn to a close, leaving a trail of excitement and discovery. While Kitsap County might not have clinched the top spot in this year’s competition, the enthusiasm and passion displayed by our community in celebrating our local biodiversity were nothing short of extraordinary.


Amidst our bustling urban landscapes, it’s easy to overlook the vibrant tapestry of life surrounding us. However, the City Nature Challenge is a powerful reminder that nature isn’t confined to distant wilderness areas—it thrives here in our cities and neighborhoods. As scientists, nature enthusiasts, and everyday citizens, we have the opportunity to document and appreciate the diverse species that call our urban environment home.

Throughout the challenge, Kitsap County rose to the occasion with gusto. With a remarkable 1209 observations and 355 species identified, our community showcased its dedication to exploring and understanding the natural world. Curious about the fascinating plants and critters that were spotted? Dive into our project on iNaturalist and embark on a journey of discovery alongside our passionate observers.


But the City Nature Challenge is just the beginning of our adventure. With the iNaturalist app at our fingertips, we have a powerful tool for continuing our exploration of the natural world. Whether we’re seeking to identify a mysterious flower or learn more about a captivating beetle, iNaturalist provides a gateway to endless knowledge and appreciation.


While countries like Bolivia and Mexico may have claimed the top honors this year, the true victory lies in the global celebration of urban nature. It’s an honor to be part of a movement that transcends borders and unites people in their love for the world around them.


As we bid farewell to this year’s challenge, we extend a heartfelt thank you to all who participated in making City Nature Challenge: Kitsap County a success. And for those eager to join the excitement in 2025, we invite you to explore the possibility of bringing the City Nature Challenge to your own community by clicking here.

Let’s continue our journey of exploration and celebration, embracing the remarkable nature that flourishes right on our doorstep. Together, we can nurture a deeper connection to the world around us and inspire others to do the same.

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