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Winter Workshop

Posted on February 22, 2021


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First Virtual Field Trip on Saturday, January 30th at 10AM PST

Posted on January 18, 2021

Calling all students, citizen/community scientists, and Los Angeles River residents! On Saturday, January 30th at 10AM PST, we will be hosting our 1st public LA River field trip! It's been lonely not seeing and interacting with our community due t...

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Waiting for the Rain

Posted on December 17, 2020

Winter is just around the corner and LA County has yet to receive its first rain of the season! Creeks like Arroyo Seco in the Angeles National Forest (pictured above) have dried out. Native vegetation has been adapted to Southern California's Med...

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Round Two of Sampling Wraps up in Record Time

Posted on November 30, 2020

Practice makes perfect, and the timestamps prove it! River collaborators helped us finish our second round of sampling in less than half the time it took for our first round! This second round of sampling includes sediment and water samples from a...

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Presenting Virtual Field Trips for Student Engagement at ESA's 6th Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference

Posted on October 23, 2020

Postdoctoral researcher from UCLA Maura Palacios Mejia and Protecting our River Project Director Miroslava Munguia Ramos presented their virtual field trip updates at the Ecological Society of America's 6th Annual Life Discovery Conference. With i...

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Phase One of Sampling is a Wrap!

Posted on September 15, 2020

Thanks to our river partners, we've collected 120 sediment samples and 48 water samples across our 12 study sites! Each site looked very different from the next, and the eDNA results should showcase these differences. Sites like Glendale (pictured...

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California Biodiversity Week 2020

Posted on September 04, 2020

The Protecting our River team will host a virtual field trip at one of our sampling sites on the Los Angeles River! Log on from the comfort of your home to learn more about how you as a community scientist can participate in our project, ways to e...

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First Round of Phase One Sampling Starts Tomorrow

Posted on July 23, 2020

The pandemic may have placed a halt on hosting in-person BioBlitzes for our community scientists, but it can't stop us from collecting valuable data along the river! Tomorrow, members of the CALeDNA, the Natural History Museum of LA (DISCO), and L...

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First-Year Undergraduates at UCLA To Study the LA River This Fall

Posted on July 01, 2020

First-year undergraduates enrolled in California DNA: Field Course will be one of the first to explore our partners' shared datasets to get a better understanding of the river's biodiversity! Students will explore the wide range of ecological rese...

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Protecting Our River is funded!

Posted on May 08, 2020

Thanks to a generous award from Metabolic Studio, we received funding to launch an 11-month monitoring program for the LA River. Due to COVID19, our team is working on keeping our community scientists engaged while following CDC safety guidelines....

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Compton Creek Sampling with LA Waterkeeper RAFT

Posted on October 21, 2019

Huge thanks to LA Waterkeeper RAFT for letting us join them for LA River monitoring! In September, CALeDNA members collected soil and water samples following the LA Waterkeeper protocol along Compton Creek, one of the many tributaries feeding into...

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Recap of CALeDNA LA River workshop

Posted on August 19, 2019

On August 8, 2019 we held a workshop at UCLA to present the results from our June pilot bioblitz. The goal of the workshop was to  figure out a way to implement a year-long eDNA biodiversity monitoring program along the LA River. Over twenty peopl...

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