Tutorials and Training by Program
The following training videos and documents provide the basic information needed to get started using our applications and data.
- CNDDB Overview (Video - 32 min.): Essential information for anyone who uses the California Natural Diversity Database. Provides details on what the CNDDB includes, how occurrences are mapped, ranking systems, appropriate use of the data, and an introduction to available tools and products.
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The CNDDB/RareFind/BIOS class is a six-hour course describing the background, purpose, and use of both the CNDDB dataset and the BIOS web-based map viewing tool (which includes access to the CNDDB). The class includes instruction and exercises on using many of the tools in both the online RareFind 5 and in BIOS 5, as well as viewing and querying the CNDDB dataset in BIOS.
Who should attend:
Wildlife and fisheries biologists, botanists, GIS analysts, and others involved with collecting and analyzing biological data and information. Applications include conservation planning, developing study designs, and developing baseline environmental review information. This class is open to people outside of the Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as to CDFW staff. The fee is waived for CDFW staff.
- CNDDB background, definitions, and proper use
- Online RareFind 5 query tools and reports
- RareFind 5 exercises
- BIOS 5 background, toolset and usage
- BIOS/CNDDB exercises
Course Length: about 6 hours
Course Cost: $125 (payment required in advance)
To sign up and get information on payment options contact Kristine.Spencer@wildlife.ca.gov
Survey of California Vegetation
VegCAMP focuses on developing and maintaining maps and classifying all vegetation and habitats in the state to support conservation and management decisions at the local, regional, and state levels using the Survey of California Vegetation Standards.
Using Survey of California Vegetation Data
Sensitive Natural Communities
- Sensitive Natural Communities (24 min.): An overview of how we rank natural communities with a focus on the Modoc Plateau mapping project. Presentation (PDF) and Transcript (PDF).
- Sensitive Natural Communities Webinar (4 hrs, 9 min.). Description (PDF) and Transcript (PDF).
- Section 1 - Rachelle Boul, CDFW VegCAMP: Welcome, introductions, and vegetation and sensitive natural communities overview (PDF).
- Section 2 - Julie Evens, CNPS Vegetation Program: Sensitive Communities Definition and Ranking (PDF).
- Section 3 - Betsy Harbert, CDFW VegCAMP: Sources of Data & Tools & Online Information: Where to find them, how to use them (PDF).
- Section 4 - Greg O’Connell, CDFW Region 1: Addressing Vegetation in Environmental Review (PDF).
- Section 5 - Laurie Koteen, California Coastal Commission: Treatment of Sensitive Natural Communities by the California Coastal Commission (PDF).
- Section 6 - Allison Schichtel, Sonoma Ag + Open Space: Vital Lands Initiative & Protecting Sensitive Natural Communities in Sonoma County (PDF).
- Section 7 - Shelly Benson, CNPS, Vegetation Program: Mapping Sensitive Natural Communities in Grassland Habitat (PDF).
- Section 8 - Teresa Sholars, CNPS, Mendocino College: Mendocino cypress in Mendocino and Sonoma counties (PDF).
- Sensitive Natural Communities Webinar Q&A (PDF).
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, in-person training sessions have been temporarily cancelled.