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 complete the registration form, CALeDNA training (field techniques and safety), and our quiz. Once you have completed the training you will be eligible to participate in a BioBlitz or in a separate case-study project. We will contact you in advance to confirm your availability and mail you an eDNA kit. Then you can either download our CALeDNA app for Android or use the all-device webform. Get in touch if you want us to loan you a tablet for data collection. 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. You would be helping us compare the iNaturalists species list to the species list obtained from our genetic analyses. This tells us how well we are doing, and how much more we need to DNA sequence. You can download the iNaturalist app from the google play or apple app store. Inside the iNaturalist app you can join the CALeDNA project and locate the CALeDNA field guides for amphibians & reptiles, mammals, fish, and birds:
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.