THE SAN DIEGUITO CITIZEN SCIENCE MONITORING PROGRAM
In 2014, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy was awarded $40,000 from the San Diego Foundation Ariel W. Coggenshall Fund to research, design and launch a citizen science ecological monitoring program for the San Dieguito River Valley. The program funding is being used to develop protocol, purchase monitoring equipment (e.g., camera traps and GPS units), and create outreach materials to engage and educate volunteers.
In addition to this funding, the Conservancy received an SDG&E Environmental Champions Award of $10,000 to fund the development of a citizen science mobile website. The Conservancy's Citizen Science Monitoring Program has also received funding from Patagonia, the Sierra Club North County Group and the Palomar Audubon Society.
These grants enable the Conservancy and its volunteer citizen scientists to collect field data on plants and animals within lands owned by the Conservancy and the San Dieguito River Park, and successfully engage the community. The results will be scientifically robust, will complement current research in the park, and will be shared with our conservation partners throughout the region.
Citizen science takes advantage of the fact that visitors to the River Park are constantly observing their surroundings as they hike, bike or ride their horse on our trails. This program offers residents, volunteers, trail users and other outdoor enthusiasts a way to actively contribute to the betterment of their local outdoor spaces; they can be a field scientist for a day. It also offers students, when combined with school and university programs, a great way to get hands-on learning opportunities.
Thank you to our funders and partners!