Local animals and plants
Illustrated guides and checklists at http://www.sdnhm.org/science/ for plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, arthropods, butterflies, spiders, and fossils of San Diego County
Chaparral Shrublands of Southern California–A Pocket Naturalist Guide. Order for resale from Sunbelt Publications (www.sunbeltbook.com), or buy at Mission Trails Regional Park for $6.95. Contact gro.erutandnanerdlihcdsnull@ofni.
Citizen Science–Local Opportunities
More information about San Diego Citizen Science Network, and the principles of citizen science, Citizen Science Network
- Presentation on citizen science at San Diego Computer-Using Educators conference, November 5, 2016, Handout SDCUE_CitizenSci_Handout_5nov16, Slides (4 per page) SDCUE_CitizenSci_Slides_5nov16
- The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent, next event will be February 13-16, 2015, http://gbbc.birdcount.org/
- Article about contributions of volunteers to museum collections, at the San Diego Natural History Museum, http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/dec/10/citizen-scientists-play-key-roles-in-research/
- Surveys of water quality and trash in San Diego River watershed, http://www.sandiegoriver.org/riverblitz.html
- Ocean Discovery Inst.NSF-funded Project, focused on enhancing participation among people from under-represented groups in citizen science research, with data collected on the sources and pathways of trash through regional watersheds.
- Grunion Greeters, volunteers that observed small stretches of beach on nights of grunion runs from April-June (not currently active), webpage at http://grunion.pepperdine.edu/.
- Field Guides for San Diego County, to get checklists of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, spiders, and plants of San Diego County, from the San Diego Natural History, http://www.sdnhm.org/science/field-guide/