Join a SOD Blitz and help us gather information on Sudden Oak Death (SOD)!
The annual SOD Blitz events are one of the largest citizen science projects in the country. The crowd-sourced data has helped refine models predicting the spread of SOD and indicate where preventative treatment may be most useful. No experience is necessary before the training, just enthusiasm to hike and willingness to learn to identify California bay and tanoak trees.
After attending a one-hour training, you will have knowledge and materials to sample symptomatic leaves of bay and tanoak trees, record a few important details, and submit the samples for testing. Following the training participants will be provided survey packets. Once you have collected the samples they must be returned to the location of your training with 48 hours.
Dates and Location of the Training for District Lands:
- April 27, 10:30 a.m. - West Valley College, Auditorium of the Science and Math Department, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
- May 4, 10 a.m. - CALFIRE Summit Station, 12900 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA.
- May 18, 10 a.m. - Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Rd., Portola Valley
Visit sodblitz.org for additional information including all California events.
If you are interested in surveying on Midpen preserves, please fill out the form below to receive a map of areas prone to SOD infections and a permit to collect specimens on district lands. Please allow at least five business days to receive your map and permit.