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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Weed Watchers - Marin Municipal Water District
 Organization Name Marin Municipal Water District
 Project Website http://marinwater.org/193/Citizen-Science
 Organization Website http://marinwater.org/
 Partners Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN)
 Contact Name Andrea Williams
 Contact Email volunteerprogram@marinwater.org
 Contact Phone (415) 945-1184
 Other Contact Information Information and Application Sheets are available to download on the website

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Survey trails and roadsides for new weed populations, discovering invasive plants before they become well established. Data collected from vegetation monitoring informs the resource management and conservation activities on the watershed.

 Participant Activities

Hike Mt. Tamalpais and identify both invasive and rare plant species and to take location data on paper maps or using GPS units. Volunteers go out as often as they like on the trails of Mt. Tam, either singly, in pairs or on monthly guided hikes. Volunteers are asked to: 

  • Assist watershed staff in trail and roadside invasive plant monitoring and mapping.
  • Conduct at least 3 hours of surveys on MMWD trails monthly over a period of six months.
  • Follow safety guidelines including responsible use of personal protective gear including a hat, sunblock and sturdy footwear.
  • Follow instructions from all watershed staff, understand and respect all watershed regulations and policies. Proudly wear the MMWD or Weed Watcher volunteer uniform while surveying. 
 Data Entry Website, Data Sheets, Other
 Other Participant Activities Volunteers can join restoration, public education, and other activities hosted by MMWD.

 System Studied Invasive Species
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Marin
 Location Trails around Mt. Tam
 Location - Map 801 Panoramic Highway Mill Valley, CA 94941
 Time Commitment Monthly
 Volunteer Qualifications Volunteers are asked to submit an application, complete a training class and commit to hiking and conducting a survey at least once per month over six months. 

 Volunteer Training A four-hour workshop on invasive plant identification and data collection is required.

 How will the findings be used? Data collected from vegetation monitoring informs the resource management and conservation activities on the watershed.

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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