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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Early Detection Network
 Organization Name Bay Area Early Detection Network
 Project Website http://www.cal-ipc.org/WMAs/BAEDN/
 Organization Website http://www.cal-ipc.org/
 Partners Calflora
 Contact Email info@cal-ipc.org
 Contact Phone 510) 843-3902
 Other Contact Information
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Gain up to date information about invasive plants; Prevent environmental and economic damage caused by these invaders; Educate citizens regarding natural resource stewardship; and dramatically reduce the need for the planning and resources required to control large, established invasive plant populations. 

 Participant Activities Citizen Science activities include: 

  • Using the online occurrence reporting tool to report detection of a invasive species.
  • Sharing weed data to the regional database through on online tool.
  • Telling the organization directly about weeds you are seeing as emerging problems.
  • Attend one of our volunteer trainings
 Data Entry Website, Data Sheets
 Other Participant Activities Volunteers can become involved with Working Groups that guide technical decisions and project development. Working Groups include:

  • Priority Weed List Group annually develops the species with the highest priority for detection.
  • Data-mining Group obtains invasive plant occurrences from agency GIS files, herbarium records, and other existing datasets.
  • Mapping Group participates in Calflora development, building new mapping tools, and producing maps indicating Rapid response targets and evaluating Rapid Response success.
  • Rapid Response Group prioritizes infestations for treatment, determines allocation of response funds, and supports Rapid Responders in treatment efforts.
  • Training, Protocols, and Methods Group refines detection protocols and methods, develops and teaches trainings.
 System Studied Invasive Species
 Geographic Scope Regional
 Region Northern California
 Location Bay Area - wherever invasive plants are found
 Location - Map San Francisco Bay; San Pablo Bay
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Training

Training dates and information is posted through facebook and through the organization listserv.
Observation FAQ accessible through online tools.
Additional Training Resources available on website, including: 

 How will the findings be used?
Help ensure that: 
  • Sufficient response funds will be available to eradicate priority invaders while still cost-effective
  • More effective and strategic regional invasive species management plans are developed
History and accomplishments can be found in the three biennial reports available on the website.
 Other Information The Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN) is a collaborative partnership of regional land managers, invasive species experts, and concerned citizens. 

The level of involvement is up to you; you can spend five minutes reporting a single detection, or get involved in leading a local rapid response node. Your help can really make a difference! 

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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