The Museum presents Toulouse among the 445 cities registered in the world to participate in the City Nature Challenge, from April 29 to May 2. He arrived at 75th in the world, which represents a very good performance for this first entry.
Created by the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and the California Academy of Science in 2016, this challenge consists of listing and identifying living species present in cities around the world, based on the participation of those who live there. inhabitant.
The inhabitants were therefore invited to photograph the living fauna in their immediate environment and post their photos on a specially dedicated platform. In the 445 registered cities, representing 47 countries, 67,220 people participated in the event and made 1,694,877 observations. Over 50,180 different species were seen, including over 2,250 rare/endangered/threatened species.
In Toulouse, 5,748 observations, made by 146 people, were made and nearly 1,000 different species were found. The Museum ranks 75th in the world for the number of observations (ahead of Paris, the second French city to compete) and 90th for the number of species found.
In order to help identify the specimens photographed, the Museum offered, on May 6 and 7, to exchange directly with specialists. These encounters were taken by storm, with nearly 2,000 people coming to the Museum to learn more about insects, plants, fungi, birds and other small animals.