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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Pika Study

  • Organization Name
    Craighead Institute
  • Partners
    iNaturalist
  • Contact Name
    April Craighead
  • Contact Email
    april@craigheadresearch.org
  • Contact Phone
    N / A
  • Other Contact Information
    N / A
  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Record data related to straw piles, urine stains, and pika presence/absence in California. Pikas, small mammals, are an important species in understanding the effects of climate change. 

  • Participant Activities

    Hikers on trail will collect data about pikas

  • Data Entry
    • Unknown
  • Other Participant Activities
    N / A
  • System Studied
    • Mammals
  • Geographic Scope
    Regional
  • Region
    Northern California
  • Location
    Pacific Crest Trail
  • Location - Map
    N / A
  • Time Commitment
    • Other (see Other Information below)
  • Volunteer Qualifications

    Volunteers must be planning hiking expeditions on the PCT

  • Volunteer Training
    N / A
  • Cost to Participant
    N / A
  • How will the findings be used?
    N / A
  • Other Information
    N / A
  • Photo
    N / A
  • last update:
    N / A

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu.

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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/projects.