What We Do
We coordinate CDFW's evaluation of petitions submitted to the Fish and Game Commission for listing of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians under the California Endangered Species Act, as well as participate in the preparation of listing proposals and recovery plans for priority imperiled species in these same taxa groups.
We are also responsible for producing and updating Species of Special Concern publications for mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The purpose is to identify animals that need conservation in order to avoid the need to list under the California Endangered Species Act.
We evaluate and process all permit applications for take of nongame species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals for research, propagation, and education; over 600 permits per year. If a species is listed under CESA or is fully protected, we develop Memorandums of Understanding between CDFW and qualified scientific researchers and managers to further the conservation and recovery of the species.
We coordinate the solicitation, review, and selection of grant proposals for three different federal grant programs, including State Wildlife Grants, Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Grants, and Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Land Acquisition Grants.
Reports, publications, and other documents pertaining to nongame wildlife species or their habitat are uploaded to CDFW's Document Library in order to provide public access to these resources.