To protect biodiversity, we need to know more about it. Academy scientists travel the globe in their efforts to learn more, but they can’t be everywhere—we need your help!
Community scientists' collective observations of plants and animals, wherever they're found, are beginning to creating an important global record: what biodiversity is found where, how healthy populations are, and what's changing in the environment. By crowdsourcing this kind of data collection and analysis, the community science movement helps science to answer some of the biggest questions we face today.
Bioblitzes & Events
See our upcoming community science events here! Sign up for a bioblitz to help document species at a site with others, join in a campaign to help us look for species across a larger area, or hop on a virtual webinar or talk to learn more!
California Biodiversity Day
September 7 is California Biodiversity Day! Every year we join our partners at the State in celebrating California's extraordinary biodiversity through a week of events, California Biodiversity Week. Learn more about this year's festivities and help us celebrate the incredible number of species we get to call our neighbors here in California.
City Nature Challenge
The City Nature Challenge is a bioblitz-style event where people around the world join together to make and share observations of nature in and around cities. Interested in helping us document the Bay Area's incredible biodiversity as part of this global movement? Join us!
Snapshot Cal Coast
Snapshot Cal Coast is a California statewide effort to document our coastal biodiversity and create a "snapshot" in time of where species are located along our coast. So dig out your rubber boots and come join us in the tidepools this June 17-July 9!
The work we do utilizes iNaturalist to make biodiversity observations while building community around nature. It's a community-powered website and app that makes it easy to upload and share your observations in the field and to get help from other users with flora and fauna IDs.