California Natural Diversity Database

The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) is an inventory of the status and locations of rare plants and animals in California. CNDDB staff work with partners to maintain current lists of rare species, as well as to maintain an ever-growing database of GIS-mapped locations for these species.

All uses of data from the CNDDB are subject to the terms and conditions contained in our License Agreement (PDF)(opens in new tab).

Please refer to our Data Use Guidelines (PDF)(opens in new tab) document for information on using the CNDDB data.


Resource Description
CNDDB Management Framework (PDF)(opens in new tab) A general overview of the CNDDB, its background, products, and proper use
CNDDB Key Facts (PDF)(opens in new tab) Important information to read prior to working with CNDDB data
Maps & Data Online map viewers, RareFind, and other products
Plant & Animal Information Rare lists, T&E lists, survey guidelines, photos, and more
Submitting Data to the CNDDB Detailed instructions on submitting data to the CNDDB
Subscribe to the CNDDB Subscription information
CNDDB Training Tutorial documents and training course information
Spotted Owl Observations Database Additional information about the Spotted Owl Observations Database
Natural Communities & Vegetation Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program


Contact/Email Role
Melanie Gogol-Prokurat Supervisor
Brian Acord Zoologist
Annie Chang Zoologist
Ryan Elliott Zoologist
Katie Ferguson Botanist
Jennifer Poore Botanist
Kate Keiser Spotted Owl Data Manager
Kristine Spencer Subscriptions and General Information