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Our Southern California region is one of only 34 biodiversity hotspots worldwide — on par with Madagascar, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Brazilian rainforests! We have incredible numbers of plants and animals that occur here and nowhere else in the world. Help us find out what we know about L.A.’s wild creatures — and what we don’t know — with your own eyes, ears, and cameras!

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NHM Projects

Become a Super Citizen Scientist!
We need help investigating the nature across L.A. Wherever you live, we want to know what wildlife is in your backyard!

In 2012, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County launched a new research initiative: NHM Biodiversity Science: City and Nature (NHM BioSCAN). This first-of-its-kind scientific investigation will discover and explore biodiversity in and around one of the world’s largest cities: Los Angeles.

ButterflySCAN is a citizen science project aimed at understanding more about how butterflies are distributed throughout the city of Los Angeles. ButteflySCAN data are collected by trained volunteers, many of whom started out with little or no prior butterflying experience.

L.A. Nature Map
Share your nature photos and experiences with NHM by participating in our L.A. Nature Map. Your photos will help us gain a better understanding of the biodiversity of plants and wildlife in the Greater L.A. Area.

An NHM partnership with San Diego Natural History Museum, Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California (RASCals) is designed to improve our knowledge of native and non-native reptiles and amphibians in Southern California.

Snails and slugs Living in Metropolitan Environments (SLIME) is a citizen science project that aims to catalogue the biodiversity of terrestrial gastropods (land snails and slugs) in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Southern California Squirrel Survey
Mammologist at NHM want to know what the current distribution of different squirrel species is throughout Southern California, and how does this change over time? You can help them out by participating in our squirrel survey.

NHM Partner Projects

Lost Ladybug Project
An NHM partnership with Cornell University's Lost Ladybug Project to find out which ladybugs live in L.A.

Los Angeles Butterfly Survey
An NHM partnership with Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) to share data and learn more about L.A. butterflies and moths.

ZomBee Watch
The Museum is partnering with San Francisco State University's Department of Biology to learn more about the zombie fly, and how this parasitoid (like a parasite, except they always kill their host) affects honeybees. Join this investigation by becoming a ZomBee Hunter!

Cool Projects Outside NHM

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
The overarching goal of this project is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary in time and space.

California Roadkill Observation System
Research scientists have created a website for people to learn about roadkill, report it, and take action.

Great Sunflower Project
This project is a way to gather information about our urban, suburban, and rural bee populations and to give you the tools to learn about what's happening with the pollinators in your yard.