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Recap of CNDDB’s 2021 Accomplishments and 2022 Goals
  • January 31, 2022

A lot has happened the last two years. Most notably, a pandemic hit the world and we found ourselves quickly adapting to working from home. Our Spotted Owl Database Manager volunteered and assisted in contact tracing for a year. In addition, we had numerous staff changes. We said goodbye our contractors and our supervisor in early in 2021, and recently lost one of our long-time botanists (though we are happy she still works within CDFW). We welcomed a few new staff as well, including a scientific aid and our new supervisor. Though things were challenging and ever-changing, we kept progressing CNDDB the best we could. Here is a summary of what we have done in 2021, and our goals for 2022:

Map of the number element occurrences that were added or updated by county in 2021

2021 By the Numbers

  • 100,400 total occurrences in CNDDB
    • 1,200 new occurrences mapped
    • 1,600 occurrences updated
  • 272,300 total source records in CNDDB
    • 7,200 sources added (3,400 records added through the Online Field Survey Form)
    • 5,200 sources processed
  • 3,600 total spotted owl records
    • 1,600 CSO and 2000 NSO records added
    • 1,300 spotted owl sites updated
    • 343 activity centers updated
    • 28 activity centers added
  • 900 barred owl records added to the Barred Owl Observations Database
  • 87 element state rankings have been updated
  • Continued expanding our CNDDB iNaturalist Project (click to join us!)
    • 35,900 observations
    • 1,800 species
    • 2,900 people

Accomplishments since our 2019 yearly review

Goals for 2022

  • Expand CNDDB staff resources to the extent possible
  • Develop and broaden CNDDB outreach
  • Update CNDDB training materials
    • Update RareFind training video
    • Develop a virtual CNDDB training course
  • Continue planning for new ways CNDDB systems and processes can better serve all interested parties, such as the use of an observation data system.

And, of course, we will continue producing high-quality data for environmental planners and researchers to use in protecting California’s rarest natural resources. We can’t do it without your help, though, so please remember to submit your data. Visit our data submission page, which includes a link to our Online Field Survey Form, the preferred method for data submission. As always, you can contact us at any time with suggestions or questions by emailing CNDDB@wildlife.ca.gov. Wishing everyone a wonderful 2022!

Categories: Yearly review


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