Community Scientist Resources

Community scientists are working with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Conservation Biology Institute to identify areas in need of habitat restoration within the Thomas and Whittier Fire Scars. Our community scientists are helping us map invasive species, erosion, and large areas dominated by weedy invasive species.

Registration is now open for volunteers to join our project on this page.

You can also learn about other volunteer opportunities at the Garden by signing up for our newsletter.

Thomas and Whittier Fire Scar Mapping Project Resources

The resources below are designed as booklets and can be downloaded as files formatted for web-viewing or single-sided printing, or as double-sided, half-sized booklets that can be printed at home for easy carrying on your hike.

Project Protocols

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Rare species

The .pdf file below includes a list of the rare species that may be found in the Thomas Fire scar, as well as helpful keying information from the Jepson eflora and photos from CalPhotos.

List of rare plants
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External Resources

In addition to the resources provided here, there are several websites that can help you learn about and identify plants in California.

The first of these is the Calflora webpage, which provides information about species locations, phenology, and more. Many individual species entries also link to CalPhotos pages, which provides photos of these species.

The next resource is the Jepson Herbarium's eflora, which provides dichotomous keys to families and genera of species throughout the state, as well as a glossary and links to CalPhotos pages.


If you have any questions about this project or the materials provided here, please contact our Applied Ecologist, Josie Lesage, at [email protected]