2022 City Nature Challenge Final Results and Winners!

Thank you to the 156 observers and 359 people who participated in this year's City Nature Challenge!

We are pleased to announce the top 10 volunteer observers of the Sarasota-Manatee City Nature Challenge (CNC). Overall, we had 5,934 observations of 1,494 species. This beat out last year's 4,373 observations of 1,184 species by over 1,000 observations and 300 species! The top five most observed species were brown anoles (64), American alligators (39), cabbage palms (37), and a three-way tie for fourth with 36 Virginia creepers, 36 lubber grasshoppers, and 36 white beggar ticks.

The Brown Anole Anolis sagrei was the most observed species in this year's CNC, photo by elprofer.

Our Top Ten list for observations in the Sarasota-Manatee CNC for 2022 are as follows:

  1. crowleymuseumandnaturecenter with an astounding 832 observations of 486 species!
  2. lazynaturalist came in second with 629 observations of 270 species.
  3. elprofer was new to this year's challenge and came in third with 541 observations of 249 species.
  4. ceherzog with 434 observations of 353 species.
  5. joe_cripe with 370 observations of 166 species.
  6. yukonfl with 364 observations of 252 species.
  7. phaynes with 224 observations of 172 species.
  8. miriinthewild with 211 observations of 137 species.
  9. Carol418 with 204 observations of 125 species.
  10. sandrae34242 with 161 observations of 137 species.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens the sponsors of our local Sarasota Manatee EcoFlora Project and of our CNC 2022 entry specialize in orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, and epiphytes. Pictured here by this years winner crowleymuseumandnaturecenter is an uncommon ground orchid native to Florida, Spring Ladies' Tresses Spiranthes vernalis.

A special thanks to our top identifiers with over 1,000 ID's, including Jayhorn, hunter196, and coolcrittersyt as our top three.

The rarest plant found during CNC 2022 was Xyris stenotera flowering here, photo by Damonmoore.

We also noted 284 observations of 58 species of federally or state listed threatened plants and animals, with the American alligator being the most common animal at 39 observations and the giant airplant the most common plant with 19. Some of the rarest observations include Xyris stenotera, the West Indian manatee or Trichechus manatus, and the piping plover or Charadrius melodus and more all at one observation. Some threatened species seen in larger numbers include the less common cardinal airplant Tillandsia fasciculata with 11 observations and the gopher tortoise Gopherus polyphemus at 17 observations! Other fun facts include great blue herons as the most observed bird at 27 observations, Caesar weed the most spotted invasive at 26 observations, and the most popular post was of a group of baby Io moths hatching on a white mangrove leaf. The 2022 CNC also helped support our year-round Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora Project with 3,783 plant observations of 904 species.

An amazing shot of the adorable Piping Plover Charadrius melodus by gloriamarkiewicz during CNC 2022.

Thank you all for participating this year. We will reach out to the winners about how to collect their prizes, and we hope to see you out regularly at our Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora Project hikes year-round!

Posted by sarasota_manatee_ecoflora_sean sarasota_manatee_ecoflora_sean, May 13, 2022 20:16

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