Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association protecting our ocean wilderness through public stewardship

LiMPETS Programs

Learn how to get involved by visiting the LiMPETS website, http://limpetsmonitoring.org. Teachers who are interested in participating in LiMPETS are required to attend a LiMPETS workshop. Contact limpets@farallones.org for more information.

LiMPETS teacher workshops for the 2014-15 school year are up and registration is now open: http://limpetsmonitoring.org/teacher-resources/workshops-and-events/

LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) is a collaborative, statewide citizen science program developed to provide authentic, hands-on coastal monitoring experiences that empower teachers, students, and the community to conduct real science and become stewards of the ocean.

Two distinct monitoring programs make up the core of the LiMPETS network: the Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program and the Sandy Beach Monitoring Program. Both programs are designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience the scientific process firsthand. Through research-based monitoring and standardized protocols, students develop their problem solving skills, gain experience using tools and methods employed by field scientists, and learn to analyze data. Read our Project Summary: An Analysis of Citizen Science Data From LiMPETS here.


Sandy Beach Monitoring Program

Students have fun getting sandy and wet while monitoring the distribution and abundance of the Pacific mole crab (Emerita analoga). We monitor mole crabs at Sanctuary beaches because they are an important link in the food web.

FMSA supports teachers interested in monitoring at beaches in Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

The data collected provide resource managers with critical data to protect our coastal ocean ecosystems. Students are encouraged to use the data to answer their own research questions.

Find out more about LiMPETS at http://limpetsmonitoring.org.

Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program

The rocky intertidal on the west coast of North America is one of the richest and most diverse habitats in the world. The plants and animals living in the rocky intertidal are well adapted to the waves, tides, and other harsh conditions that make this environment unique. Unfortunately, these intertidal creatures are often threatened by the impacts of human behavior. Threats such as harvesting, trampling and global warming can cause changes in the distribution, abundance, and diversity of the biota at the rocky shore.

Students taking part in the Rocky Intertial Monitoring Program survey key invertebrate and algae species at one of the Sanctuary's established monitoring sites. By monitoring, students contribute to a long-term data set used to identify changes in the abundance and distribution of species over time.

Our student-collected data provide valuable results.  FMSA has been awarded multi-year funding by the state of California to provide baseline assessments of some of California’s newly-established marine protected areas.  

Find out more about LiMPETS at http://limpetsmonitoring.org.


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