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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 cghdixon@ucdavis.edu. 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 Ant Survey
 Organization Name Naturalist Center - California Academy of Sciences
 Project Website http://www.calacademy.org/citizen-science-0
 Organization Website http://www.calacademy.org/science/naturalist_center/
 Contact Email naturalist@calacademy.org.
 Contact Phone (415)379-5494
 Other Contact Information Bay Area Ant Survey
Naturalist Center
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA, 94118

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Obtain baseline data for ants living in local counties.
Goals include:

  • Documenting the ant diversity of the Bay Area
  • Mapping the spread of invasive ants, including the problematic Argentine ant
  • Creating a permanent collection of ant species for scientific research and teaching
  • Allowing the community to experience scientific discovery firsthand
 Participant Activities 1. Pick up a free collecting kit from the Naturalist Center inside the California Academy of Sciences. You can also download spare data sheets.

2. Look for ants anywhere you can think of – in your backyard, on a hiking trail, in your school yard. Sunny days work best.

3. If you can’t find any ants, try setting out bait. Ants love honey, tuna, or cookies (try Pecan Sandies!). Check back in an hour or so.

4. Collect ants gently, perhaps using a leaf. Try to get at least 5 ants from a single collection site into the vial of ethanol. This liquid preserves the bodies.

5. Fill out a data sheet for each unique collection site. Be accurate and thorough, as this data will be used for scientific research. You can attach a map of your survey site if you’d like.

6. Drop off your data sheet and ant-filled vial at the Naturalist Center, or go ahead and mail these items using a padded envelope to: ATTN: Bay Area Ant Survey, Naturalist Center, California Academy of Sciences,55 Music Concourse Dr,San Francisco, CA, 94118

 Data Entry Collection Kits, Data Sheets
 Other Participant Activities Participation in other Citizen Science project, visits and educational workshops with the organization.

 System Studied Invertebrates
 Geographic Scope Regional
 Region Northern California
 Location Bay Area backyards, hiking trails, school yards - anywhere you can think of
 Location - Map Naturalist Center California Academy of Sciences 55 Music Concourse Dr San Francisco, CA, 94118
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Training None required, but fact sheets and other materials are available through the website for volunteers to learn about ants.

 How will the findings be used? Each month, Bay Area Ant Survey identifies, databases, and provides housing for the new ant specimens. They then upload the data to AntWeb for public viewing.

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If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu.

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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/projects.

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