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Help Our Scientists

Our Southern California region is one of only 35 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!

More Adventures in Nature

Go on a field trip with Museum scientists, get on the bioblitz bandwagon, and share your discoveries with us!

 

NHM/UNRC Projects

The SuperProject!

The SuperProject!

We need help investigating the incredible nature all around L.A., in backyards, schools, and in neighborhoods. Help us discover the wildlife all around you!
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RASCals

RASCals

We want to find out where all the reptiles and amphibians live throughout Southern California. To do this, we need your help! Participate in Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California (RASCals) and provide scientists with valuable data that can help answer real-world questions about how they've responded to dramatic changes in habitat over time.
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SLIME

SLIME

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.
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BioSCAN

BioSCAN

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.
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Southern California Squirrel Survey

Southern California Squirrel Survey

Mammalogists at NHM want to know what the current distribution of different squirrel species is throughout Southern California, and how this changes over time and you can help!
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NHM Projects

L.A. Spider Survey

L.A. Spider Survey

We are conducting a large-scale survey of urban spiders! We're asking people to collect spiders in their homes and gardens, fill out a simple data sheet about their collection, and send or bring them to the Museum.
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Butterfly Scan

Butterfly Scan

ButterflySCAN is aimed at understanding more about how butterflies, both native and not, are distributed throughout L.A.
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GeckoWatch

GeckoWatch

GeckoWatch is a way for visitors to join Museum scientists in discovering the homes and habits of L.A.’s wild creatures. With the help of participants, we can understand how native and nonnative populations have shrunk or expanded and how they’re interacting in homes, backyards, and schools.
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Partner Projects

Lost Ladybug Project

The Museum is partnering with Cornell University's Lost Ladybug Project to find out which ladybugs live in L.A. Can you help us find populations of rare native ladybugs, such as the nine-spotted ladybug, Coccinella novemnotata?
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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 honey bees. You can join this investigation by becoming a ZomBee Hunter!
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