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Northern CA PPSR Projects 1

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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness Bird Nesting & Rare Plant Projects

Organization Name
Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness
Project Website
Organization Website
Contact Name
Katie Colbert, Naturalist and Volunteer Coordinator
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Help with the long-term monitoring and management of this
restored marshland

Participant Activities

Two projects are bird nest box monitoring projects: bluebirds and wood ducks.

This includes Nesting Bird Surveys (for youth): During a "scientific safari" you'll see and record what the "stork" brought to parent ducks, shorebirds, songbirds and more. You will be using a grid-transect method to estimate the densities of nesting birds. 

A third project is a plant survey project which includes the monitoring of rare plants within Sunol-Ohlone.

Data Entry
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Birds
  • Plants
Geographic Scope
Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness
Location - Map
1895 Geary Road, Sunol, CA
Time Commitment
Volunteer Qualifications

Bird Nesting (for youth): Space is limited to current Wildlife Volunteers.  Parent participation required.We recommend the following personal protective items for recording nesting bird activity in a wet, muddy, and insect rich environment: Outdoors clothing (long pants), hiking/mud boots (waterproof footwear), gloves, hat, water, insect repellant, and sunscreen.

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

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