There are a few ways in which you can participate with CALeDNA:
By becoming a CALeDNA citizen scientist you will help us to direct the future of conservation in California. To become a CALeDNA citizen scientist simply join, using the link below, and then complete the registration form, CALeDNA training (field techniques and safty), and our quiz. Once you have completed the training you will be eligible to participate in a BioBlitz. We will contact you in advance of the BioBlitz to confirm your availability and mail you your eDNA kit. You will then be ready to collect the samples and mail them back to us. In return we'll keep you updated with all our findings and future stages of the project. You can find out more about our sampling methodology here.
Going to a UC Reserve but not collecting eDNA? You can participate by identifying species using our iNaturalist guide. We will then compare the iNaturalists species list to the species list obtained from our genetic analyses. You can download our iNaturalist guide here.
If you're not ready to become a citizen scientist but are still interested in our work follow our blog. If you would like to participate in other ways please contact us. Other ways you can get involved include (but are not limited to) helping us identify species from pictures taken in the field, enriching our iNaturalist field guide, or helping to develop eDNA and biodiversity monitoring projects on different scales.
Have your own focused eDNA project or want to collaborate with us? Contact us using our contact page.
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