As a CALeDNA citizen scientist we're asking you to go out into the field and collect eDNA samples from UC Reserves around California. To do this you'll need to sign up, fill out our registration form, complete the training and download the app, barcode reader and iNaturalist. The training modules are: "What is eDNA?", "How to Use the eDNA Collection Kit" and "Field Safety". After reading the modules, you'll need to get over 85% on a short quiz covering the material.
Once you've completed the training you are eligible to receive an eDNA sample collection kit and we will contact you a month before the BioBlitz to confirm your availability and arrange sending you the kit. You will then go into the field, collect samples, and send them back to us.
On your sampling trip you'll go for a hike to 3 locations. At each location you'll choose 2 sites and collect 3 samples at each site, for a total of 18 samples. You'll also take pictures, identify local flora and fauna, and take measurements using the water and soil meters in your kit. You can visit our short and long kit training to get an in-depth understanding of our protocols.
Once we have your kit we'll keep you up-to-date with the results so you can follow along or ask us questions about our work from your member page.