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Insects of the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Organization Name
    Bug People - The Insect Sciences Museum of California
  • Organization Website
  • Partners
    N / A
  • Contact Name
    Eddie Dunbar
  • Contact Email
  • Contact Phone
  • Other Contact Information

    Up to the minute information can be seen on the ISMC Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/insectsciencesmuseum.

  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Entomology outreach and publication of the web-based 'Insects of the San Francisco Bay Area field guide' based on insect observations and specimens taken by project collaborators.

  • Participant Activities

    Collaborators are trained to observe, recognize, collect and photograph insects, then post results to a social networking website (the Exploring California Insects website), an online photo album, GoogleMaps, field guides and regionally specific learning aids.

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

    Volunteers can take many different roles in Insects of San Francisco Bay and other Bug People projects, including teaching, insect surveys, writing, and event support. Volunteers can also share technical expertise in areas like collections management, database management, recreation leadership, marketing, etc.

  • System Studied
    • Invertebrates
  • Geographic Scope
  • Region
    Northern California
  • Location
    Workshops and field events will take place in parks and open space throughout the Bay Area. A table is set up every Saturday at the Oakland Rotary Nature Center.
  • Location - Map
    600 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Time Commitment
    • Weekly
    • Other (see Other Information below)
  • Volunteer Qualifications
    N / A
  • Volunteer Training

    Volunteers are trained to observe, recognize, collect, mount and photograph insects.

    Draft instructions for photographing insects are availabe, in PDF, on the website.

  • Cost to Participant
    N / A
  • How will the findings be used?

    Observations are used to build the San Francisco Bay Area field guide, http://isfba.bugpeople.org/sites/siteFPages.htm, and are posted to social network sites and other project outlets (see above).

  • Other Information
    N / A
  • Photo
  • last update:

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.