Mark your calendars, we’ve set the dates for the 4th annual Snapshot Cal Coast, the series of coordinated coastal bioblitzes or small groups of people working together to document biodiversity up and down the California coastline. The next Snapshot will be June 1-16, 2019. There are good, morning low tides during the first half of that window, and it also gives all of us three weekends to hold public events.

An exciting new development this year is that the California Ocean Protection Council is funding a research scientist position here at the Academy to analyze Snapshot Cal Coast and other coastal species occurrence data to better understand how our volunteer-collected observations can be used to inform MPA management, to elucidate patterns inside and outside MPAs, and to answer research questions about changing species distributions. Visit our new Snapshot Cal Coast umbrella project on iNaturalist to see all the data collected from the past three Snapshot events.

We hope you’ll head out to the tidepools or beach during the 2019 Snapshot to document as many species as you can, and we especially hope you might consider holding an event to bring your community together to make observations at a site along your part of the coast! If you’re interested in finding out more and potentially holding an event, please fill out this survey.

If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Johnson: rjohnson@calacademy.org