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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 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 Año Nuevo and Surrounds - UC California Naturalist Project
 Organization Name UC California Naturalist
 Project Website http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/a%C3%B1o-nuevo-and-surrounds-uc-california-naturalist-project
 Organization Website http://ucanr.org/sites/UCCNP/
 Partners UC Santa Cruz Arboretum; iNaturalist
 Contact Name Adina Merenlender
 Contact Email adinam@berkeley.edu
 Contact Phone (707) 744-1424 ext 106
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Contribute to growing citizen-science datasets on the distribution of the plants and animals in Sagehen Creek Basin. Data will help build a species guide and understanding of biodiversity in the watershed.

 Participant Activities Make observations - photographs and other information about what and where - of taxa in and near Ano Nuevo and the central coast and upload to iNaturalist 

 Data Entry Cell Phone
 Other Participant Activities Volunteers can help identify taxa that have been observed and uploaded by other volunteers

 System Studied Mammals, Birds, Plants, Invertebrates, Marine, Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes, Intertidal zone
 Geographic Scope Regional
 Region Northern California
 Location Coastal California from San Luis Obispo to San Franscisco
 Location - Map 1156 High Street, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; 1 New years creek road pescadero, California 94060
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications Volunteers must be able to photograph taxa and upload to iNaturalist, either through a mobile device (iPhone or Android) or from a personal computer

 Volunteer Training No training is necessary to upload observations.

However, the UC California Naturalist certificate training program is associated with this project. In 2012, training was designed "to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration." Trainees received training related to California Coastal ecosystems, as well as to Naturalist and Citizen Science related activities more broadly

 Cost to Participant There is no cost to participate in this project.

The 10-week CA Naturalist training costs $350.

 How will the findings be used? Data is posted and mapped online.

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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