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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Bumblee Bee Watch
 Organization Name The Xerces Society
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Contact Email
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Track the status of five bumble bee species and finding out where current populations are situated; project focuses on Five of bumble bee species (western bumble beerusty patched bumble bee,yellowbanded bumble bee and the American bumble bee)

 Participant Activities

Volunteers identify and photograph bumble bees and send photographs to project staff; Volunteers also identify bumble nests and enter information online at

 Data Entry Website, Other
 Other Participant Activities Volunteers are also encouraged to create bumble bee habitat - see project site for details and resources

 System Studied Invertebrates
 Geographic Scope National
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location Where bumble bee species of interest are found
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications Ability to identify bumble bee species

 Volunteer Training Resources for learning to properly identify bumble bee species can be found on the project page

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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