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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 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 ASC Pika Project
 Organization Name Adventurers & Scientists for Conservation
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Partners North American Pika Consortium; California Department of Fish and Game; Front Range Pika Project; iNaturalist; West Okland Middle School
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Help scientists track where pikas persist and where they may be disappearing. Pikas are chirpy relatives of rabbits that live on mountaintops throughout the North American West.

 Participant Activities
When alpine hiking, take a photo of a pika and record the details of your observation. Then:
    1. Visit and click 'add observations'.

  1. Log in to the engine behind the American Pika Atlas with your Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Yahoo account.
  2. Upload your pika photo from your hard-disk or link to your photo that's already on Facebook, Flickr, or Picasa.
  3. Add a date, geographic coordinates, identify your observation as American pika, and click 'Save observation'.
 Data Entry Website, Cell Phone
 System Studied Mammals
 Geographic Scope Regional
 Region Northern California
 Location Alpine areas in Central & Northern California Sierras
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications Volunteers must receive training on proper identification of pikas and/or signs of pika (straw piles, urine stains, etc.)

Volunteers must be able to upload observation data using a mobile phone or personal computer

 Volunteer Training Online training


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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