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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Save Our Shorebirds Surveys - Mendocino
 Organization Name Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Partners California State Parks
 Contact Name Angela Liebenberg, California State Parks
 Contact Email
 Other Contact Information Yahoo group:

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Find facts and contribute to re-search connected with sharp declines in coastal birds.

 Participant Activities Volunteers conduct shorebird surveys on Ten Mile Beach, Virgin Creek Beach and Glass Beach under the supervision of State Parks Environmental Scientist Angela Liebenberg. Surveyors monitor shorebirds in an area where California State Parks crews work to remove more than 75 acres of invasive non-native Ammophila arenaria (European beach grass) in critical habitat of Western Snowy Plovers. Data also are collected on the number of other birds on the Audubon and American Bird Conservancy Watchlist, including Wandering Tattler, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Red Knot, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Rock Sandpiper and Heermann’s Gull.

Data are entered into Cornell University’s international bird database and volunteers have logged more than 5000+ hours on foot in the field since the June, 2007.

 Data Entry Website
 Other Participant Activities Volunteers can also join educational outreach and shorebird protection efforts

 System Studied Birds, Marine
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Mendocino
 Location Ten Mile Beach, Virgin Creek Beach and Glass Beach in Mendocino County
 Location - Map Ten Mile Beach, California 95437 (Latitude: 39° 30' 8.237" N; Longitude: 123° 47' 13.985" W)
 Time Commitment Unknown
 Volunteer Training Volunteers work under direction Audubon and California State Parks researchers and recieve training in shorebird identification and conservation.

 How will the findings be used? Annual reports are published on project site, posted to eBird online database, and used for management decision-making.

 last update: 9/20/12

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

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