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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 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 Don Edwards SF Bay BioBlitz
 Organization Name Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Partners iNaturalist
 Contact Email
 Contact Phone 510-792-0222
 Other Contact Information Download the BioBlitz Flyer:

USFWS Volunteer Coordinators: Alviso Refuge (408) 262-5513 x 100; Fremont Refuge (510) 792-0222 x 361

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 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Help scientists track species behavior on our refuge. Volunteer identification might confirm that a poorly studied population of species still persists, or might make a new discovery outside of the known range.

 Participant Activities Visit the park during the 24-hour BioBlitz in December, take photos of animals, insects, or plants, then upload them through the iNaturalist website to the Don Edwards SF Bay NWR Inventory.

 Data Entry Website, Cell Phone
 Other Participant Activities Biologist or field researchers can join as a curator

 System Studied Mammals, Plants, Invertebrates
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Alameda
 Location Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR
 Location - Map Don Edwards S. F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont, CA 94555
 Time Commitment Once a year
 Volunteer Qualifications Mus be able to upload pictures through personal computer or smart phone

 Volunteer Training Training materials on use of iNaturalist website are available

 How will the findings be used?

Data will help create the Don Edwards SF Bay Species Guide:

 Other Information the 2011 BioBlitz was held from 2pm, December 10th, to 2pm December 11th.

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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