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    • March 5, 2019

    As we hit the ground running for 2019, it’s nice to reflect back on the past year to see how far we’ve come. We’d like to share with all of you some of our proud accomplishments of 2018, as well as what we will strive to work towards in the coming year.

    2018 updates by county

    2018 accomplishments

    • 3,900 new occurrences mapped
    • 3,200 occurrences updated
    • 94,000 occurrences in CNDDB (Will we reach 100,000 in 2020?)
    • 230,000 total source records
      • 16,000 sources added (5,000 records added through the Online Field Survey Form)
      • 12,500 sources processed
      • From January 2018 through January 2019, botany reduced their data backlog by 20%

    Spotted Owl Observations Database:

    • 12,000 spotted owl records (7,000+ CSO and 5,000+ NSO) added
    • 1,500 spotted owl sites updated
    • 400 activity centers updated
    • 175,000 total spotted owl records
    • 1,000 barred owl records added to the Barred Owl Observations Database


    • Provided 10 training classes for 114 students across the state
    • Reinvigorated our CNDDB iNaturalist Project (link opens in new windowJoin us!)
    • Continued work on the peregrine falcon, bald eagle, and golden eagle datasets in conjunction with the Wildlife Branch

    Our goals for the future

    • Improve communication with our users, starting with regularly updating this blog to keep people informed
    • Identifying ways to improve our efficiency and distribution of data to users
    • Exploring ways to better utilize data from citizen science sites such as iNaturalist, Calflora, and eBird

    We will continue to build a high-quality database for environmental planners and researchers to use for the purpose of protecting California’s rarest natural resources. That said, we can't do it without your help! Now is the perfect time to link opens in new windowsubmit your 2018 data. And as always, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any suggestions. Wishing everyone a wonderful 2019.

    Categories: Yearly review