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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

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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.

Tricolored Blackbird Colonies - Monitoring and Protecting in San Luis Obispo County

Organization Name
Morro Coast Audubon Society
Organization Website
UC Davis Information Center for the Environment (ICE)
Contact Name
Keiller Kyle
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Identify and keep track of the location, status, and changes of Tricolored Blackbirds. This information is critical for understanding how things are changing and making sure that colonies that can be enhanced or protected are identified.

Participant Activities

Join annual visits to each of these colony sites and new ones that are found and record data about presence and absence of Tricolored Blackbirds, either on data sheets, or through the Tricolored Blackbird Portal,

Data Entry
  • Website
  • Data Sheets
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Birds
Geographic Scope
San Luis Obispo
Tricolored Blackbird habitat in SLO county
Location - Map
601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Time Commitment
  • Once a year
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training

Information about Tricolored Blackbirds is accessible at partner site:

Volunteers also join trained staff and scientists on some monitoring trips.

Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?

Reports posted online at partner site: Data also used to inform policy and management decision making.

Other Information
last update:

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