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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Nest Watch

Organization Name
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Project Website
Contact Name
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information

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Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Your observations will be added to a continually growing database that is used to monitor population trends, nesting phenology, and the behavior of birds across the country.

Participant Activities

NestWatch teaches people about bird breeding biology and engages them in collecting and submitting nest records. Such records include information about nest site location, habitat, species, and number of eggs, young, and fledglings. “Citizen scientists” submit their nest records to our online database where their observations are compiled with those of other participants in a continentwide effort to better understand and manage the impacts of environmental change on bird populations.

Data Entry
  • Website
  • Data Sheets
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Birds
Geographic Scope
All (see 'geographic scope')
Anywhere you can find a nesting pair of birds.
Location - Map
Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd Ithaca, NY 14850
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications

We invite people of all ages who are interested in the natural world to help monitor the success of nesting birds and better understand the threats they face.

Volunteer Training
Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?

NestWatch aims to provide a unified nest-monitoring scheme to track reproductive success for all North American breeding birds.

Other Information

Nesting birds between Feb in warm climates thru to Aug in the cooler climates.

Nesting Birds
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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!

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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