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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Bay Area BioAtlas
 Organization Name Conservation Lands Network, developed by the Bay Area Open Space Council
 Project Website
 Organization Website;
 Contact Name Morgan Kennedy, iNaturalist Preserve Coordinator
 Contact Email
 Contact Phone 707-591-9310 x121.
 Other Contact Information To learn more about Calflora contact Dan Gluesenkamp at dan at Calflora dot org. To learn more about, please check out the website and contact Dr. Scott Loarie, co-director, at loarie at stanford dot edu with any questions.

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) As a baseline for monitoring these changes, the Bay Area BioAtlas seeks to build reserve-level Species Guides of where the Bay Area's unique plants and animals persist and where they are absent, as they shift in response to land use and climate change; To coordinate with Calflora's library of 21,000 checklists to ensure these valuable distribution data are available to conservationists. 

 Participant Activities Collect records of plants and animals using comprehensive, standardized checklists of all vertebrates, plants, butterflies, and dragonflies harbored within reserve boundaries.

 Data Entry Website
 System Studied Mammals, Birds, Plants, Invertebrates
 Geographic Scope Regional
 Region Northern California
 Location Pepperwood Preserve and other nature preserves in the Bay Area
 Location - Map Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa, CA
 Time Commitment Unknown
 How will the findings be used? Contributed reserve plant checklists and citizen-science confirmations will be archived at Calflora to be available to conservationists.
Data also contributes to building Species Guides for Northern California reserves,  to Conservation Lands Network reports, and is posted online, at the project page and through iNaturalist.

 Other Information

The Conservation Lands Network is a five-year science-based study by over 125 organizations and individuals tasked to identify the most essential lands needed to sustain biological diversity. Primary partners for this project include, CalFlora, and the Pepperwood Preserve.
The Conservation Lands Network was developed by the Upland Habitat Goals Project, led by the Bay Area Open Space Council, with is a collaborative of member organizations actively involved in permanently protecting and stewarding important parks, trails and agricultural lands in the ten-county San Francisco Bay Area.


 last update: 10/19/12

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!

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