This summer, due to the Coronavirus, our summer Snapshot Cal Coast will be different than in years past. From June 1st-16th, we will hold a ‘physically distant’ Snapshot Cal Coast. Please only go to beaches on your own or with your families and make observations as long as you are following local laws and respecting beach closures. The Cal Academy will provide digital and online resources, including species to look for and tips on how to look for different species. We will also provide a list of beaches and places we most need data from! Stay tuned! We are planning to the more traditional Snapshot Cal Coast November 28th-December 16th.
From Del Norte to San Diego and everywhere in between, we work together to build an annual snapshot of biodiversity along the California coast that is useful for scientists at local, regional, and state levels. We are building a community of observers and recorders interested in documenting California coastal biodiversity and answer targeted research questions in support of California Marine Protected Areas. Together, we are gathering the data needed to determine species ranges now against which we can measure and monitor changes in the future.
It’s a snap to participate in Snapshot Cal Coast 2020:
1. Follow all local laws and respect beach closures and physical distancing rules.
3. Create an account to start making observations
4. Add your name to this list if you are interested in learning more.
5. Follow the SUMMER Snapshot Cal Coast 2020 project on iNaturalist.
6. Find a beach the needs data on the Snapshot webpage. Follow all local laws and respect beach closures and physical distancing rules.
7. Head to the coast on your own or with your family or people you live with between June 1st-16th! Make and share observations of plants and animals you see, especially species on our most-wanted list and in California State Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Check out NOAA’s tide table to find times for low tides near you
8. Spread the word! Use our hashtag on social media #SnapshotCalCoast