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eDNA Sampling and Snapshot Cal Coast Community Science Event

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Interested in meeting volunteers and participating in cutting-edge science? We are excited to reintroduce a fun and social Heal the Bay event that will reoccur monthly in the Malibu MPA transects! Heal the Bay is partnering with UCLA again to collect sea water samples in Malibu for an eDNA scientific testing program with PhD candidate, Moriah Byrd. All marine life leaves traces of DNA in their environment. eDNA water testing analyzes the quantification of biodiversity in a standardized way within a marine ecosystem, making it an incredible tool to monitor Marine Protected Areas.

This month there is a special opportunity to merge our event with #SnapshotCalCoast! We’ll be joining the California Academy of Sciences for their annual bioblitz to document California’s incredible coastal biodiversity! Using the iNaturalist app, we’ll help participate by recording as many observations of plants, animals (vertebrates and invertebrates), and seaweeds as possible along the California Coast.


**You must sign our Heal the Bay eDNA Waiver before attending our event. Volunteers under 17 must have their parent(s) (or guardian(s), if any) sign the waiver.

**A previous Heal the Bay Volunteer Orientation MUST be attended and completed before you can attend the eDNA event. The orientation occurs bimonthly. Learn about our next orientation here.

Please contact the MPA Watch Team at mpawatch@healthebay.org with any questions.