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The Scientists are Amateurs, But Their Coastal Research Makes a Splash

August 07, 2014 by Sabine Bergmann

After 12 years of study, an ambitious citizen science effort has recorded population figures for 34 different types of algae and invertebrates at 70 different monitoring sites. Sixty percent of the 4,000 participants have been high schoolers. Their work, scientists say, is a legitimate contribution to marine science.

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Capturing King Tides Through Citizen Science

December 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Since 2010 the California King Tides Initiative has been documenting king tide events through photography—presenting a very real picture of rising sea levels. This year, the project has expanded to include a citizen science program, that will help researchers ground climate models.

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The Phenology Project

April 01, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

The California Phenology Project's citizen scientists are studying changes in plant life cycles to better understand local climate change impacts.

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Volunteers Stick to it at Suisun Marsh

October 12, 2012 by Aleta George

On a 21-foot aluminum boat floating in Suisun Marsh, Amanda Schwabe heaves up the otter trawl as Cesar Morales coils ...

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Bay Area Mycological Society

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The Bay Area Mycological Society is dedicated to increasing knowledge of and appreciation for the wonderful world of mushrooms. We teach the safe and mindful collection of mushrooms through field trips, lectures and classes, references, and an online pool of local experts. We encourage the celebration of the beauty and wonder of mushrooms through photography and illustration, poetry and prose. We foster participation in "citizen science," where amateurs can contribute in meaningful ways to the advance of mushroom knowledge, and our members range from beginners to professionals in the field.

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Blitzers Search for SOD

March 08, 2012 by Sue Rosenthal

A project out of UC Berkeley recruits citizen scientists to help track the spread of sudden oak death. They do it every spring, and the more people take part, the better the chance we can protect precious oaks from a deadly pathogen.

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Gearing Up for the Great Bee Count

May 24, 2011 by Isaura Linares

For the third year in a row, San Francisco State University Professor Gretchen LeBuhn is helping thousands of people pitch in on a major research effort to count bees all across the country. This year, they are gearing up for the Great Bee Count. It's not till July, but now's a good time to get seeds in the ground so you'll be ready!

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Coe’s Fire Followers

October 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

The 2007 Lick Fire was a firestorm that consumed 47,000 acres, most of it in Henry W. Coe State Park, east of Gilroy. Just days after the fire, park volunteers were on the scene. Two years later the "fire followers" of Coe Park are still at it, and even in the face of park budget cuts, they hope to keep their research going for years to come.

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