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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Celebrate Urban Birds
 Organization Name Cornell Lab of Ornithology
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Contact Email
 Contact Phone 1-800-843-BIRD
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Collect information aboutsixteen key species of urban birds. The scientists have created a project that will use data collected from participants in the celebration to study these resident and migratory birds - their numbers, their behavior, their interaction with the urban habitat.

 Participant Activities

The 10-minutes Bird Observation:

 Data Entry Website, Collection Kits, Data Sheets
 Other Participant Activities Organize an event in your community, share the experience of watching birds with your family, make art about birds, and other ideas on the website. 

 System Studied Birds
 Geographic Scope National
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location Your backyard or garden
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Training Volunteers received the free Celebrate Urban Birds kit.  It contains everything you need to do this observation, including 2 beautiful color posters, data sheet, sticker, and seed packet.

 How will the findings be used? Data is published online - in maps and text form; reports are created using volunteer data;

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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