Scientific, Educational, and Management Authorizations under the California Endangered Species Act

Giant Garter Snake

State and Federally Threatened Giant Garter Snake (Thamnophis gigas)

large-flowered fiddleneck plant

State and Federally Endangered Large-Flowered Fiddleneck (Amsinckia grandiflora)

California tiger salamander adult

State and Federally Threatened California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense)

Tricolored black bird

State Candidate Tricolored Blackbird (Agelaius tricolor)

Swainson's Hawk

State Threatened Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)

Blennosperma nanum

State Rare Point Reyes Blennosperma (Blennosperma nanum var. robustum)

California Endangered Species Act (CESA) threatened and endangered species and any parts or products of CESA threatened and endangered species, may not be imported into the state, exported out of the state, “taken” (i.e., killed), possessed, purchased, or sold without proper authorization. CDFW can authorize individuals, public agencies, universities, zoological gardens, and scientific or educational institutions to import, export, take, or possess CESA-listed species for scientific, educational, or management purposes.

For information on obtaining a scientific, educational, or management authorization for CESA-listed species, please select a link below:

Although not specific to CESA-listed species, it may also be helpful to review information on CDFW’s Scientific Collecting Permits Web Page, and CDFW’s link opens in new windowPre-Application Guide (PDF) for Scientific Collecting Permits.