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Department of Fish & Wildlife
Biogeographic Data Branch
1807 13th Street, Suite 202
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 322-2493 • Email BDB

Data Products — By Product Type


Subscriptions & Software Applications

  • California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) Subscription
    Includes Rarefind 3, a stand-alone database application for Windows. Search for, analyze and generate reports for thousands of occurrences of rare native species and natural communities. Also includes CNDDB GIS Data.
  • California Wildlife Habitat Relationships (CWHR) Version 8.2 Software
    A database application compiled as a stand-alone program in Visual dBase. Predicts presence of and habitat suitability for 694 terrestrial vertebrates based on geographic range, relationships to habitats and stages, seasonal use patterns and presence of habitat elements. Prints species life history descriptions, habitat descriptions and custom reports of database queries. Also includes BIOVIEW, an application that translates habitat suitability values for wildlife species into data that can be used in a GIS, with an option to apply fuzzy logic to the calculation of these values. User's Manual included on CD. 2008.
  • Species Range Maps and Hexagon Intersections from California Wildlife Habitat Relationships (CWHR)
    GIS shapefiles captured at 1:1,000,000 scale showing statewide range by season of the 694 terrestrial vertebrates in CWHR. 2008.

Standard Hardcopy Maps

Other Digital GIS Data and Applications


  • A Guide to Wildlife Habitats of California (1988)
    Mayer, K.E. and W.F. Laudenslayer, Jr., (black and white copies only)
  • California Vernal Pool Assessment Preliminary Report (1998)
    Keeler-Wolf, T., D.R. Elam, K. Lewis and S.A. Flint. 1998
    A summary of the current statewide body of knowledge for vernal pools.  The vernal pool regions identified in the report accentuate the variety of distinct natural resources encompassed in California vernal pools: the rare and endemic plants and animals, the variety of vernal pool types, and the relationship of geography to these factors.  Division of the state into vernal pool regions can also enable us to understand the widely varying management concerns for the state's pools.
  • Changes in Great Valley Vernal Pool Distribution from 1989 to 1997
    Report prepared by Dr. Robert Holland, PhD.
  • Habitat Suitability Models and Spatial Model Prototypes for Selected Species from California Wildlife Habitats Relationship (CWHR) System
    Each model is a Level II, spatially explicit wildlife habitat relationships model which builds on CWHR habitat suitability information with distance to resources, home range, habitat patch size and territory.
  • California Native Plant Status Reports
    Rare plant status reports were produced at various times between 1977 and 1993 for selected species native to California.  Note that the most reliable information in the status reports will be the plant description and synonomy; often there is also a useful drawing or photograph.  The distribution and status information is out of date for the majority of these reports.
  • Conservation and Cooperation: Strategies for Making Endangered Species Laws Work - Kirlin
  • Reassembling the Pieces:  A Strategy for Maintaining Biological Diversity in California, 60 pp.
  • Mitigation Guidelines Regarding Impacts to Rare, Threatened and Endangered Plants - CNPS Advisory Committee

Field Forms and Guidelines