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Nature lovers and enthusiasts, it’s time to go outside and explore our own backyard! Participate in the Edmonton region’s annual biodiversity photo challenge.

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Participate in the Edmonton region’s annual photo BioBlitz*

June 10–13th, 2021

Inspired by the City Nature Challenge—a global urban biodiversity “contest”, where cities compete against one another to monitor biodiversity within their cities—the Edmonton BiodiverCity Challenge invites residents from Leduc to St. Albert (and everywhere in-between) to take part in a photo BioBlitz using iNaturalist or NatureLynx, a citizen science app brought to you by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute.

Between June 10–13, join our region’s naturalists, species experts, and environmental groups in documenting as many species as you can! Simply upload your photos of birds, plants, mammals, moss, lichen, mushrooms and insects to iNaturalist or NatureLynx. Your contributions will be used to help understand more about the species that call our region home.  

*A bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible.

*Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, activities will be  adjusted to accommodate recommended social distancing measures. 

All sightings shared within the project boundaries below will be included in the Challenge!

We've highlighted a few events and biodiversity "hot-spots" throughout the Edmonton region. How many can you visit? Also appearing for the first time in 2021: Calgary!

Participating is easy!


Download NatureLynx by visiting Google Play or the App Store (or visit naturelynx.ca)


Search for and join the BiodiverCity Challenge mission for your region


Take photos of biodiversity between June 10th and 13th


Upload your sightings and tag them to the mission by June 20th

*Project pages for the 2021 Edmonton and Calgary BiodiverCity Challenge have also been generated on iNaturalist

Featured Sightings

Here we will feature some of our favorite sightings shared to the BiodiverCity Challenge mission on NatureLynx!

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Orange-legged Fly by user TLDDesign
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Barred Owl by user Ekvivek
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Columbia-Spotted Frog by user ScienceMarie
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Spotted Coralroot by user sandycmcg

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2021 Edmonton Species List

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 in Results

2021 Edmonton species list is now available! A species list for the 2021 Edmonton BiodiverCity Challenge is now available for download!Please note that due to......

2021 Results

Posted: Jun 25, 2021 in Results

2021 Preliminary Results Congratulations to all those who participated in this year's Challenge. Together, we shared over 5,300 biodiversity sightings throughout the Edmonton and Calgary......

Have Questions? Get in touch with us:

Jordan Bell
Citizen Science Coordinator
Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

P: 780-492-4312

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