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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

ASC Pika Project

  • Organization Name
    Adventurers & Scientists for Conservation
  • Partners
    North American Pika Consortium; California Department of Fish and Game; Front Range Pika Project; iNaturalist; West Okland Middle School
  • Contact Name
    N / A
  • Contact Email
    N / A
  • Contact Phone
    N / A
  • Other Contact Information
    N / A
  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Help scientists track where pikas persist and where they may be disappearing. Pikas are chirpy relatives of rabbits that live on mountaintops throughout the North American West.

  • Participant Activities
    When alpine hiking, take a photo of a pika and record the details of your observation. Then:
      1. Visit 

    www.inaturalist.org/projects/american-pika-atlas and click 'add observations'.

    1. Log in to iNaturalist.org the engine behind the American Pika Atlas with your Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Yahoo account.
    2. Upload your pika photo from your hard-disk or link to your photo that's already on Facebook, Flickr, or Picasa.
    3. Add a date, geographic coordinates, identify your observation as American pika, and click 'Save observation'.
  • Data Entry
    • Website
    • Cell Phone
  • Other Participant Activities
    N / A
  • System Studied
    • Mammals
  • Geographic Scope
  • Region
    Northern California
  • Location
    Alpine areas in Central & Northern California Sierras
  • Location - Map
    N / A
  • Time Commitment
    • Other (see Other Information below)
  • Volunteer Qualifications

    Volunteers must receive training on proper identification of pikas and/or signs of pika (straw piles, urine stains, etc.)

    Volunteers must be able to upload observation data using a mobile phone or personal computer

  • Volunteer Training

    Online training

  • Cost to Participant
    N / A
  • How will the findings be used?
    N / A
  • Other Information
    N / A
  • Photo
  • 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.