iNaturalist NZ — Mātaki Taiao ran a nationwide bioblitz, getting New Zealanders off their couches to find as many different species as they could in their neighbourhood.
Observations were aggregated regionally to build a picture of urban nature across the country - with a competitive edge. It got quite tense as top spots see-sawed between the regions. In the end, Auckland came out on top in observations (2,267), Canterbury had the most species (544 ), and Wellington had the most observers (186).
People saw birds, insects, plants, reptiles, lichens, mushrooms and all the nature they could find. The top five species were kererū, mānuka, cabbage trees, tūī, and little penguins (kororā) – partly thanks to overlapping kererū and kororā counts.
We plan to repeat this snapshot of urban nature in 2019. And you can do the same low key monitoring on your restoration projects at https://inaturalist.nz/projects/ecological-restoration.
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