To protect biodiversity, we need to know more about it. Academy scientists travel the globe in their efforts to learn more, but they can’t be everywhere—we need your help! Community members’ collective observations of plants and animals, wherever they are found, are beginning to create a revolutionary, new kind of biodiversity survey: a global record made up of individual, local sightings and analysis. Together, we can take this critical step toward saving biodiversity.
Founded in 1853, the Academy has its roots in documenting and understanding California biodiversity. Today, we’re working with volunteers to build a new, comprehensive picture of where plants and animals occur in California. Building this new baseline will allow us to compare our findings to our historic collections, constructing a dataset that can be used to measure further change—and to help our partners plan for it. At the same time, we’re building a corps of highly engaged and active citizen scientists.
Learn more about our specific projects below, and keep up with our daily efforts at Document Biodiversity. For more information or to volunteer, please email .
We work with amazing partners to engage and build community around biodiversity research and conservation. Learn more about our partners, the associations we belong to, and the initiatives we lead here.
Interested in learning more about the Academy’s citizen science program? Check out these videos, articles, and presentations to delve deeper into citizen science projects at the Academy.