Citizen science

Are you a land steward/rancher/botanist/hiker who knows the ins and outs of your local landscape?

We need your help - Join the climate nuclei project!

'Climate nuclei' are hot/dry microenvironments that harbor small populations of desert-adapted species, generally found further south and inland. These areas will be important 'nuclei' of species expansion with climate change. While climate change conservation has focused on preserving threatened populations, less attention has been devoted to populations that will succeed. This project will help us answer the question: where should we protect native species that currently are restricted but would do well in a warmer/dryer Bay Area future?

Input your observations - its easy!

- use the iNaturalist climate project on your phone and snap a picture with a location

- or input your observations directly here

Counties: San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano

Species to look for

Black sage (Salvia mellifera)

California croton (Croton californicus)

Tucker oak (Quercus John-Tuckeri)

Mormon tea (Ephedra californica, Ephedra aspera, Ephedra fasciculata)

California broomsage (Lepidospartum squamatum)


What are we missing?

Let us know what else you find!

Fourwing saltbush (Atriplex canescens)

All private land observations will be kept private

Thanks to Cristian Singer, Calphotos for photos