30 Apr 2021

WANBO City Nature Challenge

WANBO is inviting the Island School community to participate in the world’s largest synchronised biodiversity monitoring project, the City Nature Challenge 2021.

This year, Hong Kong will be competing against over 430 cities around the world, and Island School is now entering a global challenge as a part of the Hong Kong team. So your help will be needed!

As with our own previously run Inter-House Biodiversity Challenge, all participants have to do is take photographs of nature and the wildlife (trees, plants, insects, birds, fungi, reptiles etc), Think of this as the mega version of our Biodiversity challenge. Support Hong Kong and get out there this weekend and record as many species as you can. You can follow how Hong Kong is doing by joining the iNaturalist Hong Kong project.

Sam Hui (11W), WANBO leader said, “Wildlife is ubiquitous all around Hong Kong – it is unsurprising that the region has such rich biodiversity by its thousands of square kilometres of rugged coastline, mountain ranges and country parks.”

“Similar to our previous biodiversity challenge, this challenge endeavours to raise awareness about sustainable efforts. Biodiversity around the globe has been diminishing over the years, with COVID-19 exacerbating the problem. We need everyone’s avail moving forward.”

“I have been grateful to represent WANBO on our quest for environmental protection for the past year, and cannot thank everyone enough for your continued support. I have every faith in this wonderful challenge and am thrilled to introduce the community to our new WANBO leaders – Clement Kwan (10R), Ginny Park (10W) and Hannah Wu (10D).”

No registration is required and it’s free to join. To take part, simply

  • Visit org
  • Download the app from the AppStore or Google Play
  • Sign In
  • Start sharing your observations
  • Get feedback from actual scientists, experts, and other naturalists

Further instructions on how to use the app and record observations can be found below:

Competition Dates: 30/4/2021 – 3/5/2021

Identification Dates: 4/5/2021 – 9/5/2021

Results Announced: 10/5/2021


The WANBO team is looking to recruit new volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ross Burrough (ross.burrough@online.island.edu.hk). Space on the teams are limited, so early sign up is advised.

For more regular updates and announcements on the project, as well as opportunities for students to get involved in our initiatives, please go to WANBO’s Instagram page @iswanbo.