Monday, June 01, 2020 - Monday, November 16, 2020
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SUMMER & FALL Snapshot Cal Coast 2020 will be June 1st-November 16th!

This summer, due to the Coronavirus, our summer Snapshot Cal Coast will be different than in years past and will extend into the Fall. From June 1st-November 16th, we will hold a ‘physically distant and hyper-local’ Snapshot Cal Coast. Please only go to beaches that you can get to safely and legally 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 hoping to the more traditional Snapshot Cal Coast November 28th-December 16th.

Snapshot Cal Coast is an annual California statewide effort to document our coastal biodiversity! We lead a campaign that encourages people to make and share observations of plants, animals, and seaweeds along the California coast using the iNaturalist app and work with partners to hold a series of coastal bioblitzes over two weeks every summer.  We focus on intertidal zones in California State Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), but we are interested in data from any coastal influenced habitats along the California Coast, including sandy beaches, bays, wetlands, and docks.  Led by the California Academy of Sciences with support from the MPA Collaborative Network and many, many other partners, together we are creating a snapshot in time of where species are located along our coast. This work is supported by the California Ocean Protection Council.

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Check out what we have done together over the last four years here