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Community 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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Jellywatch
 Organization Name Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
 Project Website http://www.jellywatch.org/
 Organization Website http://www.mbari.org/
 Contact Email admin@jellywatch.org
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Develop a better understanding of the ocean through creation of a long-term dataset about the animals and the conditions of the beach.

 Participant Activities If you’ve been on the beach or in the ocean lately, tell the project about a jellyfish, red tide, a squid, or other unusual marine life. You can also submit a picture of what you saw.

 Data Entry Website, Cell Phone
 System Studied Marine, Intertidal zone
 Geographic Scope Statewide
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location Beaches throughout California
 Location - Map 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 How will the findings be used? Data is downloadable and mapped online.

 Other Information

Any educational or research program is encouraged to use jellywatch as a reporting mechanism for their study or project.

Mobile Phone apps available : http://www.jellywatch.org/mobile

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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