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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Organization Name
Morro Coast Audubon
Organization Website
Audubon California
Contact Name
Andrea Jones
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Keep track of numbers of shorebirds using Morro Bay and contribute to data on shorebird abundance throughout the pacific flyway. Collecting these data will provide a view of the variability of shorebird numbers seasonally and annually, with the overall goal of tracking long-term trends. 

Participant Activities

Birders will be observing from land with spotting scopes, from kayaks or canoes on the water, from the Sandspit, and from Morro Strand from Morro Rock to the Rocky Point (Northpoint). About 25 volunteers are needed, and first time volunteers are welcome to this event. 

Data Entry
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Birds
Geographic Scope
San Luis Obispo
Morro Bay
Location - Map
601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Time Commitment
  • Once a year
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training

Protocols, maps, bird checklist, and birdfinding guide ( are accessible on the project website

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

The annual Morro Bay shorebird survey will be held in the Fall of 2012. 

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