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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!

A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Waterbird Surveys - Richardson Bay
 Organization Name Richardson Bay Audubon, Center & Sanctuary
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Contact Name Rachel Spadafore or Kerry Wilcox
 Contact Email;
 Contact Phone (415)388-2524 x104; (415)388-2524x101
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Promote high quality conservation science in Richardson Bay, dedicated to the conservation and restoration of functioning ecosystems that will benefit species ranging from birds that utilize the bay as a food source to benthic marine species and habitats that play a major role in ecosystem health.

 Participant Activities
  • Waterbird Survey: Survey waterbirds with a spotting scope from the shores of Richardson Bay (November – March).  Limited number of scopes available.  
  • Waterbird Survey Scribe: Record information for Shorebird and Waterbird Surveys.
 Data Entry Data Sheets, Unknown
 Other Participant Activities Richardson Bay Audubon has a number of ways for volunteers to get involved, including:

  • Volunteer Naturalists for schoolyard bird walks, in-class programs, and Center based field trips;
  • Bay Shore Studies leading and inspiring small groups of 4th - 6th graders through our intertidal zone;
  • Front desk greeting and sales;
  • Weekend events, restoration work days and special events;
  • Earth Day activities.
 System Studied Birds, Marine
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Marin
 Location Richardson Bay Center & Sanctuary in southern Marin County
 Location - Map 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA 94920
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications Experience with waterbirds required. 

 Volunteer Training Some on the job training provided by staff.

 last update: 9/20/12

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