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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!

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Shorebird and Invertebrate Surveys - Richardson Bay

Organization Name
Richardson Bay Audubon, Center & Sanctuary
Organization Website
Contact Name
Rachel Spadafore or Kerry Wilcox
Contact Email;
Contact Phone
(415)388-2524 x104; (415)388-2524x101
Other Contact Information

Counting & Sorting Invertebrates: Lara Martin,, 415-680-4944

Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Promote high quality conservation science in Richardson Bay, dedicated to the conservation and restoration of functioning ecosystems that will benefit species ranging from birds that utilize the bay as a food source to benthic marine species and habitats that play a major role in ecosystem health.

Participant Activities
  • Shorebird Survey: Survey shorebirds with a spotting scope from the shores of Richardson Bay Audubon Center.  Scope available. 
  • Shorebird Survey Scribe: Record information for Shorebird and Waterbird Surveys.
  • Counting & Sorting Invertebrates: This work involves removing small organisms from sediment samples under a microscope. Volunteers and Audubon scientists will be sorting invertebrates into groups and counting the number of invertebrates in each sample. Times for this activity are flexible. You can come any day for one hour or stay for 4.
Data Entry
  • Data Sheets
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities
Richardson Bay Audubon has a number of ways for volunteers to get involved, including: 
  • Volunteer Naturalists for schoolyard bird walks, in-class programs, and Center based field trips;
  • Bay Shore Studies leading and inspiring small groups of 4th - 6th graders through our intertidal zone;
  • Front desk greeting and sales;
  • Weekend events, restoration work days and special events;
  • Earth Day activities.

Volunteers can also participate in the Aramburu Island Enhancement Project, part of the Shorebird Surveys that is focused on restoration, protection and monitoring of Aramburu Island, which was damaged during the Cosco-Busan oil spill. See for more information.

System Studied
  • Birds
  • Invertebrates
  • Marine
Geographic Scope
Richardson Bay Center & Sanctuary in southern Marin County
Location - Map
376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA 94920
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications
  1. Shorebird Survey:  Experience with shorebirds required. 
  2. Shorebird & Waterbird Survey Scribe:  No experience necessary.  
  3. Counting & Sorting Invertebrates: This work requires a gentle hand, good eyesight, and patience. 
Volunteer Training

Some on the job training provided by staff

Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?
Other Information
last update:

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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!

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