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2019 National Biodiversity Championship

Call for Team Registration

Calling all Ecologists, Naturalists, Biodiversity Scientists, and Observers!

Just how many organisms do you think you can find during the ESA meetings this year? The 2019 National Biodiversity Championship will be conducted this year in Louisville, Kentucky Sunday, 11 August 2019 – 14 August, 2019 under the auspices of the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America. The award ceremony will be held at the Natural History Section mixer on 14 August at the Kentucky International Convention Center at 6:30 PM.

We would like to encourage the interaction of Louisville-local and visiting Natural History communities through the documentation of the macroscopic diversity of life in a 100-mile radius of Louisville (map available on the iNaturalist project page).

Teams​ will consist of 2-5 individuals with individual iNaturalist registrations, pre-registered as a “Project” through the competition registration form located here​. Need help in figuring out how to register for iNaturalist?

The iNaturalist tutorials will walk you through everything if you are unfamiliar with the app.

Observations can be dated​ from 12:01 Midnight on 11 August to 5:30 PM 14 August. Observations must be​ entered into iNaturalist, and registered as either “​Research Grade” or “Needs ID”​. “Casual” observations will not be included in team totals.

The Championship page and leaderboard​ will be found here

PRIZES AND FAME​ will be lavished upon those found worthy of the title “National Biodiversity Champions”!

QUESTIONS​ can be sent to ​

We look forward to your registration, and seeing you during the meetings!