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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

North Bay Heron & Egret Project

  • Organization Name
    Audubon Canyon Ranch
  • Project Website
  • Organization Website
  • Partners
    N / A
  • Contact Name
    N / A
  • Contact Email
  • Contact Phone
  • Other Contact Information
    N / A
  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    To protect nesting Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons and other species; To develop information for scientists, researchers, planners, birding enthusiasts and local residents. 

  • Participant Activities

    Track heron and egret nesting sites throughout counties in the North Bay. 

  • Data Entry
    • Unknown
  • Other Participant Activities

    Participation in other education and restoration initiatives of the organization

  • System Studied
    • Birds
  • Geographic Scope
  • Region
    Northern California
  • Location
    Heron & Egret Habitat in preserved wildlands throughout the North Bay
  • Location - Map
    4900 Shoreline Highway One Stinson Beach, CA 94970; Post Office Box 1195 Glen Ellen, CA 95442; Post Office Box 808 Marshall, CA 94940
  • Time Commitment
    • Unknown
  • Volunteer Qualifications


  • Volunteer Training

    Yes - field observation training

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

    Past uses of project data include:
    Ramsar recognition of Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon as wetlands of international importance;

    Publication of the first complete assessment of the status of heron and egret populations of the region, “Status, trends, and implications for the conservation of heron and egret nesting colonies in the San Francisco Bay area”;

  • 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.