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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Mission Bay IBA (Important Bird Area) - Citizen Science Program
 Organization Name San Diego Audubon Society
 Project Website http://www.sandiegoaudubon.org/our-work/conservation/important-bird-areas?id=46
 Organization Website http://www.sandiegoaudubon.org/index.php
 Partners National Science Foundation, National Audubon Society
 Contact Name Danielle Heckman, SDAS Outreach Coordinator
 Contact Email heckman@sandiegoaudubon.org
 Contact Phone (858)273-7800 x104.
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Enhance protection and conservation activities around Mission Bay: observe and record the three bird species (stilts, avocets and terns); monitor invasive and native vegetation cover at the South Shores area of Mission Bay and help implement an adaptive management plan to reduce the nearly eight acres of ice plant that is currently dominating the site

 Participant Activities Volunteers will take part in experimental design, planning and implementation of conservation projects, threat analysis, monitoring of site characteristics and critical species, analyses of bird populations, and more. (see notes below for more information on specific projects)

 Data Entry Unknown
 System Studied Birds, Invasive Species, Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region San Diego
 Location Sites around Mission Bay, San Diego
 Location - Map Mission Bay San Diego, CA 92109
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Training Volunteers will learn how to scientifically monitor an area, as well as participate in hands-on tasks such as weed removal. Volunteers will work with trained mentors.

 Other Information Each project is being led by a mentor that has undergone a Mentor Training designed by National Audubon and the National Science Foundation, and will provide you all the support you need to grow your volunteer strengths.

New volunteers can choose from the following projects:

Famosa Slough

The Famosa Slough project members will observe and record the three bird species (stilts, avocets and terns) that have nested there in the past few years. Typically nesting begins in early May and hatching is complete by mid-June. We will make counts of adults, nests and chicks and track the chicks until they have fledged. Observations can be made at members' convenience and will take less than one hour for each session. The study period will be from mid-April through early July.

South Shores

The South Shores project members will monitor invasive and native vegetation cover at the South Shores area of Mission Bay and help implement an adaptive management plan to reduce the nearly eight acres of ice plant that is currently dominating the site. Volunteers will learn how to scientifically monitor an area, as well as participate in hands-on tasks such as weed removal.

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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