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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Squirrel

  • Organization Name
    Project Squirrel
  • Organization Website
  • Partners
    University of Illinois Chicago; Chicago Academy of Sciences
  • Contact Name
    Steve Sullivan
  • Contact Email
    sciurus@uic.edu
  • Contact Phone
    N / A
  • Other Contact Information
    N / A
  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Answer questions about distribution and behavior of squirrels (see "what we've learned" for scientific publications)

  • Participant Activities

    Volunteers look around home, office, school, or anywhere they are and, whether they see squirrels or not, click on the green button on the website to submit observations.  Project Squirrel wants to know where squirrels are as well as where they aren’t.

  • Data Entry
    • Website
  • Other Participant Activities
    N / A
  • System Studied
    • Mammals
  • Geographic Scope
    National
  • Region
    All (see 'geographic scope')
  • Location
    Wherever you are
  • Location - Map
    N / A
  • Time Commitment
    • Other (see Other Information below)
  • Volunteer Qualifications
    N / A
  • Volunteer Training

    Online information about the difference between gray and fox squirrels

  • Cost to Participant
    N / A
  • How will the findings be used?

    Scientific findings resulting from the projects are reported on the site.

  • Other Information
    N / A
  • Photo
    N / A
  • last update:
    N / A

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.