Citizen Science Projects


Do you want to make a difference and assist scientists, land managers and policy makers in decision making? Consider becoming a citizen scientist. These projects are ideal for individuals who come to the refuge regularly to hike, and for families and school groups who want to make a difference and take part in the scientific process. Join in one, or all of the projects listed below. No experience necessary.


Monitoring Bird Use at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso

SparrowIn 2008, the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge received several grants to restore the upland areas along the Marsh View Trail at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. The restoration project involved hundreds of hours of non-native vegetation removal by staff and volunteers, and the planting of native grasses and forbs.

We would like to gather data on what birds use this habitat. The data collected will provide managers with valuable information on what species use this restored habitat. The data could also show changes in bird use over time, and may provide insight into why this may be the case.

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory has developed a bird monitoring protocol for the data collection Individuals will submit their observations on-line to from home. Or, if you have a smart phone, you can enter the data from the refuge by using the Wi-Fi service offered by the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society. Directions on where and how to make your observations, and instructions on how to upload the information can be downloaded here (689 KB, pdf), or picked up at the Environmental Education Center.  

Document Lichen and Fungus on the Don Edwards Refuge to Add to our Database - Fremont and Alviso
Poison PieFungus plays an important role in upland habitats at the refuge, breaking down decayed material and exchanging nutrients. It comes in many sizes, colors, and forms, yet it goes unnoticed by many people and few citizen science programs are devoted to it.

The refuge is creating a searchable checklist of fungi and we need your help. You can participate by taking pictures and submitting your sightings. This includes lichens, which consist of a fungus and algae living together and dependent on each other (symbiosis). They are visible year-round.

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