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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Spotted Owl Observations Database (SPOWDB)
- BIOS 6 Basics (Video - 17 min): The BIOS Basics video tutorial describes the background, purpose, structure, and basic toolset in the web-based BIOS map viewer. The video includes instruction on the basics of navigating within the map frame, searching for and adding data, accessing metadata and downloads, identifying features within the data, and use of the CNDDB QuickView tool. Transcript (PDF).
- BIOS 6 Tools (Video - 7 min ): The BIOS Tools video tutorial covers commonly used tools in the web-based BIOS map viewer. This video includes instruction on the use and function of tools focusing on location information, making measurements, adding waypoints, saving bookmarks, and printing maps. This tutorial builds from the material in BIOS Basics. Transcript (PDF).
- BIOS 6 Advanced Tools (Video - 16 min): The BIOS Advanced Tools video tutorial covers the more advanced tools in the web-based BIOS map viewer. This video includes instructions on the use and function of data selections, creation of layer filters, building conditional queries, and CNDDB data reporting options. This tutorial builds from the material in BIOS Basics and BIOS Tools. Transcript (PDF).
- BIOS 6 Getting Started (PDF): Just the basics to get you going in BIOS 6.
- BIOS 6 Data Viewer User Guide (PDF): A complete overview of BIOS 6 functions and tools.
- Using the CNDDB data in BIOS 6 (PDF): A demonstration of using the CNDDB dataset in BIOS 6.
- CNDDB QuickView Tool User Guide for BIOS 6 (PDF): A user guide for using the CNDDB QuickView tool in BIOS 6.
- Conditional Statements Help (PDF): A list of operators and connectors as seen in the Select By Attributes tool and example conditional statements with their results.
- Coordinate Help (PDF): Provides basic information related to understanding and using latitude and longitude coordinates in BIOS.
- Explaining the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) (PDF): Basic information related to understanding and using the Public Land Survey System.
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.