City Nature Challenge 2020: Garden Route's Journal

March 04, 2021

Virtual training sessions for everyone

From City Nature Challenge 2021: Tshwane's Journal for all:

Virtual training sessions
Virtual training sessions will be hosted by the CREW team every Friday morning during March and April. Leave your name in the comments below with the date that best suits you. The link for MS Teams or Zoom will be shared. Evening training sessions may be arranged as required for 18:30 - 19:30. Leave a comment should you be interested.

In-person training for a group of 10 people max can be arranged. Please post your requests in comments below for further engagement.

Prerequisites to join a course:

Good internet connection.
iNaturalist APP preloaded onto your mobile device.
iNaturalist profile created .Make contact prior to the session should you have challenges creating a profile.
an image to upload
Weekly sessions will be as follows:
1-hour Smartphone session (9:00 - 10:00) will cover the following topics:
• Making an observation
• Doing lots of pictures
• Zooming in
• Observe and leave IDs for after
• Adding projects
• Saving
• Working offline with auto-upload off and ID suggestions off
• Battery and saving power + auxillary packs
• Extras: macro lenses, sounds,
• Uploading at night
• Questions

1-hour Computer session (10:30-11:30) will cover the following topics:
• Taking photos
• Doing mapwork (tricks: tracks on smartphone or GPS, inserting exif)
• Cropping and checking
• Uploading observations
• Adding projects and data
• Checking.
• Checking data and uploads
• Helping with IDs
• Homework: planning for the CNC

Posted on March 04, 2021 16:30 by shauns shauns | 0 comments | Leave a comment

February 23, 2021

Have you joined the Garden Route City Nature Challenge project for 2021 yet?

Please join and follow the project here to receive updates and information:

It is suggested that if you use Facebook to join the GRCNC page. It was noted last year that during the heat of the event, posts on iNaturalist did not always go through. All posts will also be uploaded to the Facebook page.

Posted on February 23, 2021 08:27 by shauns shauns | 0 comments | Leave a comment

January 27, 2021

City Nature Challenge 2021: Garden Route project

The project for the City Nature Challenge 2021 Garden Route has been created.

The Challenge runs from 30 April to 03 May 2021, with a further upload and ID period until midnight 09 May 2021.
Please join and follow the project here to receive updates and information:

It is suggested that if you use Facebook to join the GRCNC page. It was noted last year that during the heat of the event, posts on iNaturalist did not always go through. All posts will also be uploaded to the Facebook page.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you and your observations there.

Posted on January 27, 2021 19:00 by shauns shauns | 1 comment | Leave a comment

September 25, 2020

Great Southern Bioblitz 2020

Start prepping for next years CNC by doing observations this weekend in the Great Southern Bioblitz 2020
Ends Monday 28 September 2020.

Come 2021 CNC you will know more about what is around you, and where to find it.

Posted on September 25, 2020 20:32 by shauns shauns | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 08, 2020

iNaturalist observation of the month.

Every month the community nominates an observation for the month.
How does this work?
Firstly, join the project Nominations: Observation of the Month (s Afr),
These are all traditional projects, so you need to add the observation to the project.

Now, make sure that you favourite the observation that you like. It must be observed and uploaded during that particulat month.
See example here:
Once you have joined the project and favourited it, add it to the “Nominations: Observation of the Month (s Afr)” project.

You may nominate more than 1 observation if you feel like it.
You may also “favourite” more than 1 observation, so go have a look at the others and add your favourites as well.

And while you about joining projects, join
Observation of the Month (s Afr)
Observation of the Year (s Afr)


Posted on May 08, 2020 17:04 by shauns shauns | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 05, 2020

A final post to a say thank you. Until 2021 CNC. Bigger and Better


With the City Nature Challenge done and dusted for 2020 we would love you to give your input on how it can be improved, expanded, or just general comments and feeling on the project.
Did you have any interesting experience’s? Let us hear about them.

Leave your comments at:

Cape Town is under the impression the Garden Route will always follow in their dust. Really!!!

One big challenge the Garden Route faces heading to the 2021 CNC is how to get more observers on board.
Here we need everyone to assist in this. Do not wait for the next CNC. Start to get people involved now.
Practice makes perfect.
And the Little Karoo is part of the Garden Route. So, get your family and friends involved that side as well.
And we are always there to assist and answer any questions.

Been a bit watered down as it ended as an Event instead of a Challenge, the Garden Route can still hold its heads up high and brag.

As an Event and not a Challenge there will be no official leader results. But the information available clearly gives us this intel.

The Garden not only came in 2nd in Southern Africa, but also 2nd on the African continent and 10th overall globally.

Likewise, on the species list. Garden Route came in 2nd in Southern Africa, but also 2nd on the African continent and 6th overall globally.

Stay tuned in on Facebook for future developments, news and information.

Next year. Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS. Cape Town, you may want to start scripting your runner up speeches.

Posted on May 05, 2020 18:21 by shauns shauns | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 03, 2020

For Southern Africa, the City Nature Challenge 2020 is done and dusted.
A couple of hours to go and the rest of the world will follow suit.

Garden Route did very well.
Everyone can all be immensely proud of the achievement.
Every person who in someway participated in the challenge can hold their head up high.

17742 observations where clocked up in the Garden Route, making it 31% of the 56839 observations recorded in Southern Africa.
2421 species recorded in the Garden Route, with a total of 5151 species recorded in Southern Africa.
And all this by 315 observers.

-- Observers:
User jeccica1468 racked up 881 observations, followed by nina196 with 783, then outramps-tanniedi with 508.

-- Species:
The most viewed was the Cape Weaver with 118 observations, followed by the Spekboom with 90 observations, then the Cape Honeysuckle with 87 observations.

-- Identifiers:
A total of 448 people helped identify observations. And here, as much as I like to highlight the tops, I will not.
Each person in their respective field did an amazing job in identifications.

This is not a challenge only for a small group of people. It is for everyone. No matter where you stay.
It is for schools, businesses, families, groups, friends, clubs, organizations, individually or whatever other form of activity you may take part in.

Stay with us and let us all use the information and experience gathered this year to build a greater 2021.

During today we will have the worldwide results.
The Garden Route is still holding in at 9th position for observations. We have a 73-observation lead on 10th spot. Hope we can keep it.
As to the number of species, the 6th spot seems pretty secured at 2421 species. A lead of 215 species ahead of 7th spot.

Enjoy, and Be Safe

Posted on May 03, 2020 22:57 by shauns shauns | 9 comments | Leave a comment

Garden Route not been shy

And the Garden Route is back into 9th position with observations. 232 ahead of the project in 10th position.
As to species, the Garden Route is standing strong in 6th place with 2401.

Thank you to everyone who are doing identifications and scrounging around for a forgotten observation or 2.

Without you the project would not be successful.

Well done.
Let us see what the final tally is tonight at 24h00.

Posted on May 03, 2020 15:25 by shauns shauns | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 01, 2020

Facebook invite

We would like to invite everyone who joined this project as members, to please follow/like us on Facebook if you have not already.

While the CNC 2020 project will be winding down in a couple of days the Facebook page will be kept alive and built on for next year’s CNC.

News, events, BioBlitz’s information and training sessions will be promoted on Facebook.

Only through your continued support can we make this challenge the best in South Africa, and our area, our home, the best in the world.

Posted on May 01, 2020 19:16 by shauns shauns | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Garden Route City Nature Challenge Update - 01 May 20

The City Nature Challenge is almost completed. The past weekend spent by thousands of people taking photos and uploading to iNaturalist in a bid to outshine the rest. There are 2 days left to complete your uploads and identifications. Final bell on Sunday at midnight.
Calling on all people, please assist where you can. (Below is a list of useful links.)

On Wednesday, the Garden Route was running 11th behind Hong Kong.
I am glad to say that the Garden Route has jumped to 9th position in the past 2 days. Well done to everyone. This makes 2 projects that South Africa has in the top 10. Hope it stays there.

Garden Route is still holding 6th place for species.

Well done. Enjoy Level 4 Lockdown, but please still be safe.

All observations needing Identification
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Posted on May 01, 2020 18:57 by shauns shauns | 0 comments | Leave a comment