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.

Attention CNDDB subscribers: starting February 4, 2020, any subscription user wishing to access CNDDB-related data will be required to register for an individual CDFW account and be listed as an authorized user under a current CNDDB subscription. The cnddb_gov and cnddb_com login credentials will be discontinued. More information can be found in the link opens in new tab or windowSubscription User Management Instructions and FAQ (PDF), or by contacting your organization’s subscription administrator.


Resource Description
link opens in new windowCNDDB Management Framework (PDF) A general overview of the CNDDB, its background, products, and proper use
link opens in new windowCNDDB Key Facts (PDF) 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 Phone
Misty Nelson CNDDB Coordinator; Lead Scientist (916) 323-8970
Brian Acord Zoologist; Zoology Data Manager (916) 322-7307
Annie Chang Zoologist; Training and Outreach Coordinator (916) 323-0449
Ryan Elliott Timberland Species Data Manager (916) 327-0715
Katie Ferguson Rare Plant Botanist; Botany Data Technician (916) 324-3744
Kate Keiser Spotted Owl Data Manager
Kristi Lazar Rare Plant Botanist; Botany Data Manager (916) 327-6292
Kristine Spencer Subscriptions and General Information (916) 322-2493