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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Celebrate Urban Birds

Organization Name
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Contact Name
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Collect information aboutsixteen key species of urban birds. The scientists have created a project that will use data collected from participants in the celebration to study these resident and migratory birds - their numbers, their behavior, their interaction with the urban habitat.

Participant Activities

The 10-minutes Bird Observation:

Data Entry
  • Website
  • Collection Kits
  • Data Sheets
Other Participant Activities

Organize an event in your community, share the experience of watching birds with your family, make art about birds, and other ideas on the website. 

System Studied
  • Birds
Geographic Scope
All (see 'geographic scope')
Your backyard or garden
Location - Map
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training

Volunteers received the free Celebrate Urban Birds kit.  It contains everything you need to do this observation, including 2 beautiful color posters, data sheet, sticker, and seed packet.

Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?

Data is published online - in maps and text form; reports are created using volunteer data;

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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