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Community Science for CA Naturalists

Welcome to our ongoing effort to catalog citizen science and other public participation in scientific research (PPSR) projects for UC California Naturalists and other citizen scientists.  We invite you to browse the listed projects or enter key words (like birds, youth, invasive, coast, Alameda, etc.) in the search box above to find projects in your area. It's a great way to stay involved and keep developing your skills as a natural scientist!

A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date. We encourage you to contact projects directly to get involved and learn about most recent opportunities. If you work with a listed project and would like to add to, update, or correct the information we have, please email Also, please consider filling out the "PPSR perspectives" survey. Click here to access the survey, which will help guide this project in the coming year.

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

Special thanks goes to the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education program and the Stephen J. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for supporting this database of projects.

 Project Name Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness Bird Nesting & Rare Plant Projects
 Organization Name Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness
 Organization Website
 Contact Name Katie Colbert, Naturalist and Volunteer Coordinator
 Contact Email
 Contact Phone 510-544-3243
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Help with the long-term monitoring and management of this
restored marshland

 Participant Activities Two projects are bird nest box monitoring projects: bluebirds and wood ducks.

This includes Nesting Bird Surveys (for youth): During a "scientific safari" you'll see and record what the "stork" brought to parent ducks, shorebirds, songbirds and more. You will be using a grid-transect method to estimate the densities of nesting birds. 

A third project is a plant survey project which includes the monitoring of rare plants within Sunol-Ohlone.

 Data Entry Unknown
 System Studied Birds, Plants
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Alameda
 Location Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness
 Location - Map 1895 Geary Road, Sunol, CA
 Volunteer Qualifications Bird Nesting (for youth): Space is limited to current Wildlife Volunteers.  Parent participation required.We recommend the following personal protective items for recording nesting bird activity in a wet, muddy, and insect rich environment: Outdoors clothing (long pants), hiking/mud boots (waterproof footwear), gloves, hat, water, insect repellant, and sunscreen.

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

This database is focused on projects in California focused on the environment. For opportunities outside California, as well as national projects that don't have a California-specific components, check

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