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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

COASST - Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team

Organization Name
University of Washington
Organization Website
Contact Name
Annie Woods, Volunteer Coordinator
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information

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Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Gather baseline data against which any impact—from human or natural origins—can be assessed so that nearshore ecosystems worldwide will be actively known, managed, and protected.

Participant Activities

Walk beach, identify shorebirds and survey other characteristics and activities

Data Entry
  • Data Sheets
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Birds
  • Intertidal zone
Geographic Scope
Beaches in Humbolt & Del Norte Counties
Location - Map
Mad River Rd, Arcata, CA; North Pebble Beach Drive, Crescent City, CA
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training

A 6-hour COASST training session: At the interactive, hands-on training session you will learn how seabirds, and particularly beached birds, fit into marine conservation, be introduced to bird identification using Beached Birds: A COASST Field Guide, have the opportunity to try out your ID skills, and learn everything you need to know about how to conduct a COASST survey.

Cost to Participant

Volunteers must pay a small deposit for a copy of Beached Birds and the other survey supplies.

How will the findings be used?
Other Information

Check the website for schedule of trainings. If none are available, if you can drum up a few other interested folks, COASSTT would be happy to schedule one. If you are interested, but can’t make it to the training session, let COASST know and they will try to set you up with informal training from one of the current COASSTers in your area to get you started.

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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!

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