Our 22 Covered Species

Bank Swallow

Scientific Name:
Riparia riparia

Status:
State-listed as threatened

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Burrowing Owl

Scientific Name:
Athene cunicularia

Status:
California species of special concern

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Cackling Goose

Scientific Name:
Branta hutchinsii leucopareia

Status:
Removed from the endangered species list in 2001

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White-Faced Ibis

Scientific Name:
Plegadis chihi

Status:
California species of special concern

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Western Spadefoot Toad

Scientific Name:
Spea hammondii

Status:
California species of special concern

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Northwestern Pond Turtle

Scientific Name:
Emys marmorata marmorata

Status:
California species of special concern

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Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp

Scientific Name:
Lepidurus packardi

Status:
Federally listed as endangered

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Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp

Scientific Name:
Branchinecta lynchi

Status:
Federally listed as threatened

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Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle

Scientific Name:
Desmocerus californicus dimorphous

Status:
Federally listed as threatened

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Tricolored Blackbird

Scientific Name:
Agelaius tricolor

Status:
California species of special concern

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Swainson's Hawk

Scientific Name:
Buteo swainsoni

Status:
State-listed as Threatened

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Slender Orcutt Grass

Scientific Name:
Orcuttia tenuis

Status:
California Native; State and Federally listed as threatened

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Sanford's Arrowhead

Scientific Name:
Sagittaria sanfordii

Status:
California Native Plant Society List 1B.2

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Sacramento Orcutt Grass

Scientific Name:
Orcuttia viscida

Status:
California Native; State and Federally listed as endangered

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Midvalley Fairy Shrimp

Scientific Name:
Branchinecta mesovallensis

Status:
None

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Loggerhead Shrike

Scientific Name:
Lanius ludovicianus

Status:
California species of special concern

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Legenere

Scientific Name:
Legenere limosa

Status:
California Native Plant Society List 1B.1

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Giant Garter Snake

Scientific Name:
Thamnophis gigas

Status:
State and federally listed as threatened

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Delta Tule Pea

Scientific Name:
Lathyrus jepsonii var. jepsonii

Status:
California Native Plant Society List 1B.2

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California Tiger Salamander

Scientific Name:
Ambystoma californiense

Status:
State and federally listed as threatened

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Colusa Grass

Scientific Name:
Gratiola heterosepala

Status:
California Native; State-listed as endangered

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Boggs Lake Hedge-hyssop

Scientific Name:
Gratiola heterosepala

Status:
California Native; State-listed as endangered

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cattails_r The mission of The Natomas Basin Conservancy is to promote biological conservation along with economic development and the continuation of agriculture in the Natomas Basin. The Habitat Conservation Plan establishes a multi-species conservation program to mitigate the expected loss of habitat values and take of protected species that would result from urban development, operation irrigation and drainage systems, and rice farming. The goal of the Habitat Conservation Plan is to preserve, restore, and enhance habitat values in the Natomas Basin while allowing urban development to proceed according to local land use plans.

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Covered Species Catalog

Covered SpeciesThe Conservancy, acting as Plan Operator for the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (NBHCP), and the Metro Air Park Habitat Conservation Plan (MAPHCP), is charged with the conservation and protection of the 22 species “covered” by both Habitat Conservation Plans and Incidental Take Permits. These Covered Species are cataloged in a publication produced by the Conservancy. The Covered Species catalog is available at no cost as a free download. It is useful as an educational tool for field personnel, consultants, visitors, researchers and others with a general interest in the NBHCP and MAPHCP.

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Seasons of the Natomas Basin Conservancy

Seasons of the Natomas Basin Conservancy
The Conservancy’s Seasons of the Natomas Basin Conservancy booklet contains 26 photos by Gerry Tsuruda, noted landscape and nature photographer. View it online…

Important new research on Giant garter snakes

A recent publication titled, “Defining population structure and genetic signatures of decline in the giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas): implications for conserving threatened species within highly altered landscapes,” breaks some new ground on Giant garter snake populations in California. Authorized by Dustin Wood, Brian Halstead, Michael Casazza and Eric Hansen, the article notes that there is not enough Giant garter snake gene sharing taking place in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley Giant garter snake populations. It also notes that the Natomas Basin has among the highest genetic diversity of all studied populations. The article contains some fascinating charts, tables and graphs.

Download “Defining population structure and genetic signatures of decline in the giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas)” (PDF, 1.4MB)

2014 Implementation Annual Report

Implementation Annual ReportEach year, the Conservancy must file an Implementation Annual Report with the state and federal Wildlife Agencies as well as to all “parties” to the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (NBHCP). The Metro Air Park Habitat Conservation Plan is also included in the circulation.

The Executive Summary of the Implementation Annual Report capsulizes the more comprehensive and extensive full report. Past year reports are available in the Helpful Documents section under Annual Reports & Audited Financial Statements.

2014 Implementation Annual Report (PDF, 3 MB)

 

Rice Commission interview: rice and NBHCP-covered aquatic species

The California Rice Commission interviewed the Conservancy’s John Roberts regarding rice production in the Sacramento Valley and the health of various NBHCP-covered aquatic species, including the Giant garter snake.

In the interview, Roberts notes that without water for rice and marsh complexes, NBHCP-covered species like the Giant garter snake and the Northwestern pond turtle could be severely and possibly permanently compromised. He further noted that in critically dry years, it is especially important to coordinate with other industries and interest groups to make the most of what reduced water is available. Rice production, he says, is critical component to maintaining populations of these important animals.

 


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