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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Yellow-billed Magpie survey

Organization Name
Audubon California
California eBird
Contact Name
Andrea Jones
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information

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Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Learn where the yellow-billed magpie is living and in what numbers. For a variety of reasons – including habitat loss, poison, and west nile virus – the Yellow-billed Magpie population has found itself at risk in recent years, and it is now an Audubon Watchlist species.

Participant Activities
  • Go birding anytime between June 3 – 6. Participants can do one hour,  two days - whatever they choose.
  • Pick a place where you might find magpies (they prefer oak savannah woodland). Check out this map of known locations.
  • Record what you see (tell us how many magpies you saw and where you were; you can tell us about other species too!). Submit data by June 22.
  • Enter your data in or email it to program leaders
Data Entry
  • Website
  • Data Sheets
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Birds
Geographic Scope
Northern California
Sacramento and San Joaquin valley floors and foothills, and valleys of Coast Ranges from Shasta County south to Santa Barbara County
Location - Map
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training

"Yellow-billed Magpie Identification Tips," including video of the bird, are accessible on the project website. Protocols documentation, with clear instructions, is also accessible.

Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?

Reports produced using project data are accessible on the project website, and data is available through California eBird

Other Information
last update:

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email

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!

This database is focused on projects in California focused on the environment. For opportunities outside California, as well as national projects that don't have a California-specific components, check

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