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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!

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 Project Name Friends of Sausal Creek Monitoring Teams
 Organization Name Friends of Sausal Creek
 Project Website!monitoring/cvq3
 Organization Website
 Contact Email
 Contact Phone (510) 501-3672
 Other Contact Information

Aquatic Insect Sampling: Kathleen Harris, (415) 377-5576

Bird Monitoring: Mark Rauzon, 501-FOSC

Water Quality Monitoring: Carl Kohnert, (510) 654-4062

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Bird monitoring: to evaluate the impact of the Friends' restoration activities.

Aquatic Insect Montoring: observe and learn about stream fauna within the watershed; watch how the stream is re-colonized with new, or perhaps familiar, insects. 

Water Quality Monitoring: to assess the health of that part of the overall watershed. The project collects high quality reliable baseline data that may be used to identify pollution sources.

 Participant Activities Bird Monitoring: Outing participants get started in the morning and hike for 3-5 hours near the creek identifying and admiring the wealth of birds that share the watershed. General protocol includes documenting birds observed during a ten-minute period at each of several locations (aka "point count").

Aquatic Insect Sampling: Sample insects along the Sausal Creek

Water Quality Monitoring: collect data with a team of scientists and volunteers at three locations along the creek: in Dimond Park just downstream from the culvert underneath El Centro, at one of the newly created rapids in our restoration reach, and along the tributary Palo Seco Creek a short walk up from Joaquin Miller Court.

 Data Entry Collection Kits, Data Sheets, Other
 Other Participant Activities Participants can join workdays, native plant propagation and planting activities

 System Studied Birds, Water Quality, Invertebrates, Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Alameda
 Location Sausal Creek and its tributaries
 Location - Map Sausal Creek Oakland, CA
 Time Commitment Monthly, Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications Bird Monitoring: No prior skills necessary. Be prepared to learn about birds!

Aquatic Insect Sampling: Previous knowledge or experience with aquatic insects or sampling techniques is not necessary. The methods are simple. This work is not recommended for persons under 12-years of age. An adult must accompany volunteers aged 12-18 years old unless arrangements are made in advance. 

Water Quality Monitoring: 

No specific skills are required. A pair of rubber boots is nice to have for wading into the creek. 

 How will the findings be used? Data gathered by FOSC bird monitors will be used to evaluate the impact of the Friends' restoration activities.

 Other Information

Water quality Time/Location/More Info:

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