Citizen Science

Have a love of nature?

Bear Yuba Land Trust’s stewardship team invites “citizen scientists” to gather flora and fauna data on any of BYLT’s public preserves or trails.

Bio Blitz

Community members, with or without a scientific background, can now participate in gathering pertinent data to help the Land Trust Stewardship Team in documenting the flora and fauna on BYLT’s conserved properties.

Participants can add to a database of biota by gathering data, taking photographs of flowers, plants, animals, insects, birds, etc., and then uploading the images to www.iNaturalist.org. Or participants can enter tallies of observed species to www.eBird.org. Both sites require that you create an account to access the information and participate in data collection and documentation.

ebird-logoTo use eBird, participants will go online to www.eBird.org, then to “Submit Observations”, and then determine their location. Once you have submitted your checklist, choose “Share with Others in Your Party” and type “BearYuba” to share the list with BYLT.

Download the free iNaturalist app to your smartphone or use a traditional camera. Participants can choose to identify the subjects they photograph or if they are unsure, expert web managers of the iNaturalist site will help identify species. Learn more about the iNaturalist app.

Both sites are great resources for learning about what species are found in our area – or any place on earth! By participating in either of these sites, you are adding information to vast data depositories which are shared throughout the scientific communities. Scientists are using the data to help understand species adaptation, global climate change, and other areas of study.

For questions, please contact Director of Land Stewardship Erin Tarr at (530) 272-5994 x203 or erin@bylt.org.