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EcoQuest Challenge

EcoQuests, part of the NYC EcoFlora Project, challenge New Yorkers to become citizen scientists and observe, study and help conserve the native plants and animals of the City, using iNaturalist, an easy-to-use mobile App.

Each month, NYBG EcoFlora will announce a new Challenge where we need your help to document the wild flora and fauna of New York City by taking and sharing photos via iNaturalist, an easy-to-use mobile App.

  1. Download iNaturalist App, or register at
  2. Take photos for the month’s EcoQuest Challenge
  3. Post your findings on iNaturalist so they can be added to the NYC EcoFlora Project.
  4. Check the EcoQuest web page for updates and new challenges!

There are no wrong observations. Each observation contributes vital information to reveal traits and processes largely unknown before due to a lack of data and coordination between data sets. Millions of individual data points add up to big data that will enable new insights and opportunities for research, conservation and engagement.

Since the first EcoQuest Challenge in August 2017, more than 1,300 observers have recorded more than 85,000 observations of more than 2,800 species of plants, animals, and fungi.

Please do not disturb animal activity as you record your observations.

Sign up here to receive updated informaton about our EcoQuest Challenges.

Institute of Museum and Library Services logoThe New York City EcoFlora project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MG-70-19-0057-19].


The New Manual of Vascular Plants

Interested in learning more about the region’s biodiversity? Check out The New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, a project by NYBG and indispensable resource that provides new tools to identify plants in North America.

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