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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Long-billed Curlew Volunteer Project

Organization Name
Point Blue
Organization Website
Audubon California, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Contact Name
Dave Shuford, Overall Project Coordinator
Contact Email
Contact Phone
(415) 868-0371
Other Contact Information

the regional coordinators as follows:

Central Valley: Gary Langham, Audubon California, or 292-1866 ext 4

Carrizo Plain: Andrea Jones, Audubon California, or 805-772-1995.

Imperial Valley: Kathy Molina, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County,,or (213) 763-3368.

Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

To answer the question: Where do all the Curlew's go? The goal is to determine how important California's Central Valley is for wintering Long-billed Curlews. The purpose of the survey is to estimate the total number of migrating and wintering curlews in the interior valleys of California, to identify hot spots of occurrence, and learn more about which types of croplands they prefer. The Central Valley, Imperial Valley and Carrizo Plain are the initial foci of our interest.

Participant Activities

Participants help identify areas of curlew occurrence in the Central Valley, Imperial Valley and Carrizo Plain, and can participate in a broad scale survey of these valleys. Surveys are conducted by driving all roads in predetermined areas and counting all curlews that can been seen from the roads. Surveying areas are sized so that they can be covered by one or two people in about half a day.

Data Entry
  • Website
  • Data Sheets
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Birds
  • Climate Change
Geographic Scope
All (see 'geographic scope')
Central, Carrizo & Imperial Valleys of California
Location - Map
Time Commitment
  • Once a year
  • Specific dates (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training
Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?
Other Information
last update:

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