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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 Shorebird & Waterbird Monitoring on Tomales Bay
 Organization Name Audubon Canyon Ranch
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Contact Email
 Contact Phone 415-663-8203
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) To conduct a census of shorebirds and waterbirds on Tomales Bay.

 Participant Activities To collect data on bird populations from boats and from the shores of beautiful Tomales Bay

 Data Entry Unknown
 Other Participant Activities Other education and conservation initiatives of the organization

 System Studied Birds
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Marin
 Location Tomales Bay
 Location - Map Tomales Bay, California
 Time Commitment Specific dates (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications Volunteers should have excellent birding skills and be able to identify birds in flight and from a distance

 How will the findings be used? Past uses of scientific data collected include:
Ramsar recognition of Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon as wetlands of international importance;
Publication of the first complete assessment of the status of heron and egret populations of the region, “Status, trends, and implications for the conservation of heron and egret nesting colonies in the San Francisco Bay area” 

 Other Information Contact organization for schedule of project activities

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