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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 PRIDE Shorebird Surveys (Proud Residents Investing in a Diverse Estuary)
 Organization Name La Purisima Audubon Society
 Project Website http://www.lapurisimaaudubon.org/PRIDE.html
 Organization Website http://www.lapurisimaaudubon.org/index.html
 Partners PRBO Conservation Science
 Contact Name Tamarah
 Contact Email bima55@msn.com, using SUBJECT: PRIDE
 Other Contact Information

http://www.prbo.org/cms/556

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Survey shorebirds at the Lower Santa Ynez River (LSYR) to assess whether restoring mudflat habitat will increase the abundance, distribution, and diversity of shorebirds utilizing the Lower Santa Ynez River.  The project uses data gathered by volunteers and professional scientists to test the hypothesis that shorebird abundance, distribution and diversity within the LSYR is limited by the amount of available mudflat habitat.

 Participant Activities Hike to observation points in Vandenberg Airforce Base and record observations of shorebirds. Volunteers will note the number of birds within broad categories: small shorebirds such as Sanderlings, sandpipers, and Dunlins; medium shorebirds such as Willets, dowitchers and yellowlegs; and larger shorebirds such as Long-billed Curlews, Whimbrels, and Marbled Godwits. Large pictures of target birds will be available to guide you, and you'll find it easier to identify them by looking at their silhouettes than you might guess! When experienced birders are available for surveys, we will collect data on individual species in addition to the broad categories.

 Data Entry Unknown
 System Studied Birds
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Santa Barbara
 Location Mudflats at the outlet of the Lower Santa Ynez River
 Location - Map Ocean Beach Park, Santa Barbara County, California
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications No prior experience is necessary. (See notes below for team composition.)

Long pants--tick repellant will be available. Waterproof hiking boots are ideal. Rain boots are OK if you don't need ankle support; sneakers work if you don't mind wet feet. Bring water and a snack. A hat and sunblock are recommended. 

 Volunteer Training Training on protocol and bird identification provided at the beginning of the observation period.

 How will the findings be used? Findings are reported on PRBO and La Purisima Audubon Society websites, and used to inform management and restoration decisions

 Other Information Contact organization to ensure that surveys will be happening in the current year.

Surveys are twice a month from August to May, to include fall migration, overwintering, and spring migration. Please note that all surveys are on Saturdays except in December 2008, when both surveys are on Sunday.

Each survey team will have a minimum of four volunteers:

  • an experienced birder
  • a beginning birder
  • two people new to birding (we'll have optic gear & equipment for you!) 

We welcome more than four volunteers (citizen scientists) per survey so your friends can sign up, too.


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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