Sandy Beach Monitoring

The Sandy Beach Monitoring Program is an in-depth education and monitoring program for middle and high school students, educators, and volunteer groups.

Participants are trained to survey the distribution and abundance of the Pacific mole crab (Emerita analoga) at monitoring sites along the coast of California. Mole crabs are among the most important herbivores on beaches along the west coast of North and South America and are an important link in the sandy beach food web. Learn how to get involved with this program.