20 Most Recent Public BIOS Data Layers

Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS)

This is a list of the 20 public GIS datasets most recently added to CDFW's BIOS web mapping application. A large majority of the datasets in BIOS are available to the public.

If you've arrived here from a web search, please go to the BIOS home page to launch the BIOS application and then find the data you're interested in.

Contact the BIOS Staff — if you have any questions.

  • Recent Stocked Waters - California [ds778]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 08/07/2019. Contact: Janet Brewster, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Each feature in this dataset represents a release water that has been stocked by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Release water is defined as a surface water where fish stocking took place. A single release water may be a moving water such as a portion of a stream or river, or a non-m...

  • California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) Commercial [ds85]:: Secure Dataset (Metadata)
    Date Posted: 08/04/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) is a product of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Biogeographic Data Branch (BDB). The CNDDB is both a manual and computerized library of the status and locations of California's rare species and natural community types. The CNDDB incl...

  • California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) Government [ds45]:: Secure Dataset (Metadata)
    Date Posted: 08/04/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) is a product of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Biogeographic Data Branch (BDB). The CNDDB is both a manual and computerized library of the status and locations of California's rare species and natural community types. The CNDDB incl...

  • California Aquatic Resources Inventory (CARI) Streams - SFEI [ds2836]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 07/09/2019. Contact: CARI Mapping, San Francisco Estuary Institute.
    BackgroundThe current version of CARI is a compilation of local, regional, and statewide aquatic resource GIS datasets into a seamless, statewide coverage of aquatic resources that employs a common wetland classification system. In addition to this GIS, CARI can be viewed on www.EcoAtlas.org (CARI v...

  • California Aquatic Resources Inventory (CARI) Wetlands - SFEI [ds2835]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 07/09/2019. Contact: CARI Mapping, San Francisco Estuary Institute.
    BackgroundThe current version of CARI is a compilation of local, regional, and statewide aquatic resource GIS datasets into a seamless, statewide coverage of aquatic resources that employs a common wetland classification system. In addition to this GIS, CARI can be viewed on www.EcoAtlas.org (CARI v...

  • Terrestrial Connectivity - ACE [ds2734]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 07/08/2019. Contact: Melanie Gogol-Prokurat, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    For more information, see the Terrestrial Connectivity Factsheet at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=150835. The California Department of Fish and Wildlifes (CDFW) Areas of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) is a compilation and analysis of the best-available statewide spatial information...

  • TSM Acoustic Bird Survey [ds2824]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Automated acoustic recorders were deployed at 331 sites across the Mojave Desert ecoregion and 263 sites across the Great Valley ecoregion between March and July of 2016 and 2017. At each survey location, an SM3-BAT bioacoustic recorder was deployed with both an SMM-A1 acoustic microphone and an SMM...

  • TSM Camera Trap Survey [ds2826]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Camera traps were deployed at 320 sites across the Mojave Desert ecoregion and 265 sites across the Great Valley ecoregion between March and July of 2016 and 2017. At each survey location, a Reconyx PC900 camera trap was cable-locked onto a T-post that was securely placed in the ground and baited wi...

  • TSM Habitat and Vegetation Assessment - 2017 [ds2828]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Vegetation surveys were conducted at each Great Valley and Mojave Desert study site between March and June 2017. The surveys followed the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Vegetation Reconnissance Field Protocol and were representative of either the lifeform for which the survey site was se...

  • TSM Quadrat Survey - Great Valley - 2016 [ds2830]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    A total of 36 visual encounter quadrat surveys were conducted at a subset of study sites in the Great Valley between April and July 2016. A time-constrained search of 1 hour was conducted within a one-hectare quadrat, which was positioned to overlap survey site center and to be representative of the...

  • TSM Time Constrained Search - 2017 [ds2832]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Time constrained surveys for reptiles and amphibians were conducted at 184 Great Valley study sites, and 107 Mojave Desert sites, between March and June 2017. Whenever possible, three independent surveys of 30 minutes each were conducted over the course of the month-long survey period at each site. ...

  • TSM Transect Survey - Mojave Desert - 2017 [ds2834]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Visual Encounter Transect Surveys of reptiles, amphibians, and other vertebrate wildlife taxa were conducted at a subset of study sites in the Mojave Desert in 2017. A total of 52 transect surveys at 17 study sites were conducted between March and June 2017. For each survey, a single observer walked...

  • TSM Acoustic Bat Survey [ds2825]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Automated acoustic recorders were deployed at 331 sites across the Mojave Desert ecoregion and 263 sites across the Great Valley ecoregion between March and July of 2016 and 2017. At each survey location, an SM3-BAT bioacoustic recorder was deployed with both an SMM-A1 acoustic microphone and an SMM...

  • TSM Habitat Rapid Assessment Survey - 2016 [ds2827]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Vegetation surveys were conducted at all Great Valley and Mojave Desert study sites between May and July 2016. These surveys followed the California Native Plant Society/Department of Fish and Wildlife protocol for vegetation rapid assessment and were representative of either the lifeform for which ...

  • TSM Point Count Survey [ds2829]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Avian point count surveys were conducted at 184 Great Valley study sites, and 107 Mojave Desert sites, between March and June 2017. Whenever possible, three independent point count surveys of five minutes each were conducted over the course of the month-long survey period at each site. To enable rel...

  • TSM Site Establishment Survey [ds2831]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    The TSM study areas were the USDA-defined Great Valley (GV) and Mojave Desert (MD) ecoregions, truncated to California state boundaries. A grid of hexagons adapted from the USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis program, each having an approximate radius of 2,600 meters, was used as the sampling frame. ...

  • TSM Transect Survey - 2016 [ds2833]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/28/2019. Contact: Misty Nelson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Visual Encounter Transect Surveys of reptiles, birds, and other vertebrate wildlife taxa were conducted at study sites in the Great Valley and Mojave Desert in 2016. A total of 1,856 transect surveys (GV: 517, MD: 1339) at 321 study sites (GV: 91, MD: 230) were conducted between March and July 2016....

  • California Native Fish Species by Watershed [ds1353]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/13/2019. Contact: Daniel Rankin, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    This dataset was created using the 123 PISCES extant species range layers listed below in the table. The PISCES datasets were converted to rasters using GIS and then map algebra was used to calculate the total number of species in each huc12 watershed. Using GIS, an extended table was created to pro...

  • Northern River Otter Range - CWHR M163 [ds1945]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/12/2019. Contact: Melanie Gogol-Prokurat, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    Vector datasets of CWHR range maps are one component of California Wildlife Habitat Relationships (CWHR), a comprehensive information system and predictive model for California's wildlife. The CWHR System was developed to support habitat conservation and management, land use planning, impact assessm...

  • California Marine Protected Areas [ds582]:: Public Dataset (Metadata and GIS Data Download)
    Date Posted: 06/07/2019. Contact: _ Marine Region GIS, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
    These data include all of California's marine protected areas (MPAs) as January 1, 2019. This dataset reflects the Department of Fish and Wildlife's best representation of marine protected areas based upon current California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 632: Natural Resources, Division 1: ...