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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 YardMap
 Organization Name Cornell Lab of Ornithology
 Project Website http://content.yardmap.org/
 Organization Website http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478
 Partners National Science Foundation - Citizen Science Program
 Contact Email admin@yardmap.org
 Contact Phone (800)843-2473; (607)254-2462
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials)
Cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments.
  1. What practices improve the wildlife value of residential landscapes?
  2. Which of these practices have the greatest impact?
  3. Over how large an area do we have to implement these practices to really make a difference?
  4. What impact do urban and suburban wildlife corridors and stopover habitats have on birds?
  5. Which measures (bird counts? nesting success?) show the greatest impacts of our practices?
 Participant Activities Volunteers collect data by literally drawing maps of their backyards, parks, farms, favorite birding locations, schools, and gardens.

 Data Entry Website
 Other Participant Activities When volunteers join they are instantly connected to the work of like-minded individuals in your neighborhood, and across the country. They join a conservation community focused on sharing strategies, maps, and successes to build more bird habitat.

 System Studied Birds
 Geographic Scope National
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location your backyard
 Location - Map Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd Ithaca, NY 14850
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 How will the findings be used? The YardMap Network is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments.

 Photo
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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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