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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 COASST - Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team
 Organization Name University of Washington
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Contact Name Annie Woods, Volunteer Coordinator
 Contact Email
 Contact Phone (206)221.6893
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 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Gather baseline data against which any impact—from human or natural origins—can be assessed so that nearshore ecosystems worldwide will be actively known, managed, and protected.

 Participant Activities Walk beach, identify shorebirds and survey other characteristics and activities

 Data Entry Data Sheets
 System Studied Birds, Intertidal zone
 Geographic Scope Regional
 Region Humboldt
 Location Beaches in Humbolt & Del Norte Counties
 Location - Map Mad River Rd, Arcata, CA; North Pebble Beach Drive, Crescent City, CA
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Training A 6-hour COASST training session: At the interactive, hands-on training session you will learn how seabirds, and particularly beached birds, fit into marine conservation, be introduced to bird identification using Beached Birds: A COASST Field Guide, have the opportunity to try out your ID skills, and learn everything you need to know about how to conduct a COASST survey.

 Cost to Participant Volunteers must pay a small deposit for a copy of Beached Birds and the other survey supplies.

 Other Information Check the website for schedule of trainings. If none are available, if you can drum up a few other interested folks, COASSTT would be happy to schedule one. If you are interested, but can’t make it to the training session, let COASST know and they will try to set you up with informal training from one of the current COASSTers in your area to get you started.

 last update: 9/12/12

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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