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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Leatherback Watch
 Organization Name Turtle Island Restoration Network
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Partners iNaturalist
 Contact Name Dr. Chris Pincetich
 Contact Email
 Other Contact Information

iNaturalist website:

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) to work collaboratively with charter vessels, research expeditions, and local yacht clubs to compile, to record and communicate any and all sightings of leatherback sea turtles off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.

 Participant Activities Participants record observations of Leatherback Sea Turtles using iNaturalist (on computer or mobile device). Observations are made during independent trips and include information about location, environment, characteristics, and may include a photo.

 Data Entry Website, Cell Phone
 System Studied Marine, Other (see Notes)
 Geographic Scope Statewide
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location Ocean waters off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Training Online leatherback identification guide:

 Cost to Participant None.

 How will the findings be used?

The Leatherback Watch Program shares it's data with the global marine scientist community through the OBIS-SEAMAP and through SIMoN, the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network.

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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