California Naturalist
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Citizen 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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 California Roadkill Observation System
 Organization Name
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Other Contact Information

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 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Inform policy, management, and financial investment in reducing road-kill with information about where wildlife vehicle collisions occur, what animals are involved, on what kinds of roads are collisions frequent, and other data.

 Participant Activities Record observations of identifiable road-killed wildlife. This includes what animal type and/or species is found, where the road-kill was located, when it was found, how long it might have been dead, pictures of the road-kill, and any additional details about road or traffic conditions.

 Data Entry Website
 System Studied Mammals, Birds, Invertebrates
 Geographic Scope Statewide
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location California Roads
 Location - Map California
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications None.

 Volunteer Training Information online about what kind of information to collect

 How will the findings be used? Data is presented back to collaborators on the site and used to improve our collective understanding of how road-kills occur and what we can do to reduce them.

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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