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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Refuge (FAWR) Committee
 Organization Name Golden Gate Audubon Society
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Contact Name Joyce Larrick
 Contact Email
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Protect and enhance wildlife at the proposed Alameda National Wildlife Refuge; Build public support for creating the refuge and to ensuring the long-term survival of species that depend upon its habitat, including the endangered California Least Tern and Brown Pelican

 Participant Activities Committee volunteers work with biologists to monitor wildlife populations at the refuge, sponsor tern research projects, and build community awareness about the site

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 Other Participant Activities Volunteers can help restore habitat for California Least Terns and other shorebirds on more than 500 acres of land at the former Alameda Naval Air Station. The committee organizes monthly work parties to create Least Tern nesting sites and remove invasive weeds.

 System Studied Birds, Habitat Restoration
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Alameda
 Location 500+ acres at the former Alameda Naval Air Station
 Location - Map Naval Air Station Alameda, Alameda, CA
 Time Commitment Monthly
 How will the findings be used? Data is used for advocacy work to have land transferred from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and designated a permanent national wildlife refuge.

 Other Information The FAWR committee meets the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Alameda Point Building 1, Room 140.

 last update: 9/20/12

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