City Nature Challenge 2023: New York City, the observation days

Most years here in New York City, the weather during the annual global City Nature Challenge is considerably less than ideal! Spring in New York City is unfortunately not like fall in New York City, which generally has nice sunny warm dry weather lasting for several weeks.

I always say that April here is often cold and rainy, and this year that has been totally true. When Ed and I came back from Nevis, West Indies in late March, at first we had a bunch of nice warm sunny weather, including three days of 90º, but more recently that changed over to chilly wet weather. Recently we have had weather in the low to mid 50s instead of what the average daily high temperature is supposed to be at this time of year here in NYC, which is 66º

The observation part of the City Nature Challenge lasts four days, a four-day weekend from Friday 28th through Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th, to Monday May 1st. The Friday was completely overcast with no rain, but chilly. The Saturday it poured with rain all day and was cold too. The Sunday was also heavily rainy and cold all day. There were big puddles everywhere. On the Monday we got to see the sun on and off, but it was still quite cold, although it did not rain at all, thank goodness.
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The first day of the Challenge, on Friday morning, I walked the Esplanade in my neighborhood from the Con Edison building up to the beginning of John Finlay Walk at Carl Schurz Park. Then at 1:30 pm I went over to the Little Hellgate Salt Marsh at Randall's Island, where I met up with Sara Rall from New Jersey, and we iNatted there for almost 2 hours. I have wanted to meet Sara for several years. Then I went home because my feet were hurting. Total of observations I made on Friday: 407.
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The second day of the Challenge, on the Saturday morning I went to Carl Schurz Park and walked around in a lot of that park except for the inland areas. Near the 90th Street Ferry stop I saw a couple of policemen, and a vast amount of fire department folks with all kinds of rescue gear including one guy in a red scuba suit. They were all at the edge of the East River looking over and down onto the rocks there. I went home early with wet shoes, wet socks, and feeling cold from not wearing enough layers, otherwise I would have stayed out longer and made more observations. Total of observations I made on Saturday: a measly 162.
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On the third day of the challenge, Sunday, I dressed warmly using many layers including several tops and leggings made of wool, and of cashmere, topped with waterproof jacket and pants and rain boots. I walked all the way round the Reservoir in Central Park. Then I went over to the Cherry Allée area of Carl Schurz Park. Total of observations I made on Sunday: 402.
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On Monday, the fourth day, the last day of the Challenge, Ed and I went to Randall's Island, starting at the eastern end of the turquoise 103rd Street footbridge, then walking up to the little Ward's Island beach, which I searched, then through the woodland area near there, and up the footpath on the south side of the Salt Marsh. Then Ed and I walked through the freshwater wetland woodland area till we came out on Central Road where the bus stops opposite the main Icahn Stadium entrance. Then we took the bus back to 125th street in Manhattan, and managed to get a taxi. On 77th Street I climbed into the flower beds in our building's front garden, where I turned over wood pieces and rat traps in order to see and record all the garlic snails, the striped greenhouse slugs, and some millipedes and earthworms. Total of observations I made on Monday: 303.
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My overall total number of observations in New York City during City Nature Challenge was 1,327. My overall total number of species I found during those 4 days in NYC was 294.

The following statistics could change, as people are still both uploading and ID-ing their observations and will be until 9 am on Monday 8th May, but right now I am ranked at number 2 in total number of observations in New York City during City Nature Challenge 2023, and also ranked at number 3 in total number of species found during City Nature Challenge 2023: New York City. As far as the Battle of the Boroughs goes, Manhattan is leading. I currently rank as number 1 in Manhattan with 1,273 observations of 293 species.

Posted on May 03, 2023 05:00 PM by susanhewitt susanhewitt

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Common Evening-Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

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April 30, 2023 12:22 PM EDT

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American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

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April 30, 2023 12:27 PM EDT

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Double-crested Cormorant (Nannopterum auritum)

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April 30, 2023 12:27 PM EDT

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

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April 30, 2023 12:32 PM EDT

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Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)

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April 30, 2023 12:33 PM EDT

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Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora)

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April 30, 2023 12:36 PM EDT

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Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)

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April 30, 2023 12:38 PM EDT

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Virginia Pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum)

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April 30, 2023 12:41 PM EDT

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Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

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April 30, 2023 12:43 PM EDT

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Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

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April 30, 2023 12:44 PM EDT

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White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)

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April 30, 2023 12:59 PM EDT

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Cherry Shot Hole (Wilsonomyces carpophilus)

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April 30, 2023 12:59 PM EDT

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Common Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

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April 30, 2023 01:04 PM EDT

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Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

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April 30, 2023 01:04 PM EDT

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May 1, 2023 12:52 PM EDT

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Nori (Genus Porphyra)

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May 1, 2023 12:57 PM EDT

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Atlantic Ribbed Mussel (Geukensia demissa)

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May 1, 2023 01:00 PM EDT

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Northern Dwarf-Tellin (Ameritella agilis)

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May 1, 2023 01:01 PM EDT

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Broadleaf Sea Lettuce (Ulva lactuca)

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May 1, 2023 01:02 PM EDT

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Soft-shelled Clam (Mya arenaria)

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May 1, 2023 01:03 PM EDT

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Eastern Mudsnail (Ilyanassa obsoleta)

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May 1, 2023 01:04 PM EDT

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Atlantic Jackknife (Ensis leei)

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May 1, 2023 01:09 PM EDT

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Earthworms and Allies (Subclass Oligochaeta)

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May 1, 2023 01:09 PM EDT

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Eastern Mudsnail (Ilyanassa obsoleta)

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May 1, 2023 01:10 PM EDT

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

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May 1, 2023 01:11 PM EDT

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Red Algae (Phylum Rhodophyta)

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May 1, 2023 01:11 PM EDT

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Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

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May 1, 2023 01:40 PM EDT

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Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

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May 1, 2023 01:40 PM EDT

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Red Nail Gall Mite (Eriophyes tiliae)

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May 1, 2023 01:42 PM EDT

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

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May 1, 2023 01:47 PM EDT

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Jetbead (Rhodotypos scandens)

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May 1, 2023 01:48 PM EDT

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Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

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May 1, 2023 01:54 PM EDT

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Common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)

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May 1, 2023 01:54 PM EDT

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Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

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May 1, 2023 01:54 PM EDT

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Summer-Cypress (Bassia scoparia)

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May 1, 2023 02:03 PM EDT

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Bird's-eye Speedwell (Veronica persica)

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May 1, 2023 02:12 PM EDT

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Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus)

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May 1, 2023 02:17 PM EDT

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Rounded Snail (Gonyodiscus rotundatus)

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May 1, 2023 02:19 PM EDT

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Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus)

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May 1, 2023 02:21 PM EDT

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Maple Bladdergall Mite (Vasates quadripedes)

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May 1, 2023 02:22 PM EDT

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Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

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May 1, 2023 02:26 PM EDT

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Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius)

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May 1, 2023 04:28 PM EDT

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Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius)

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May 1, 2023 04:29 PM EDT

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Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

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May 1, 2023 04:32 PM EDT

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Common Hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus)

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May 1, 2023 04:33 PM EDT

Comments

You made an incredible amount of observations and a found a high number of species in general but with the described weather conditions, wow!

Posted by kneubaue about 1 year ago

Thank you very much for your kind words!

If we ever get really nice weather during CNC, we can find out how much better I do then.

Posted by susanhewitt about 1 year ago

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