Special-Status Wildlife Species Known and Potentially Occurring in the Ventura River Basin




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Habitats and Sensitive Wildlife Species of the Ventura River Watershed

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Special-Status Wildlife Species Known and Potentially Occurring in the Ventura River Basin

Species

Status

Known or Potential Occurrence

FISH

Southern Steelhead
(Oncorhynchus mykiss)

FE, CSC

Known throughout the Ventura River, Matilija Creek, and other tributary waters of the Ventura River

Tidewater goby
(Eucyclogobius newberryi)

FE, CSC

Known from the mouth of the Ventura River to two miles upstream

Arroyo chub
(Gila orcutti))

CSC, FSS

Known throughout the Ventura River

AMPHIBIANS

California red-legged frog
(Rana aurora draytonii)

FT, CSC, FSS

Known from several locations within the lower watershed

Western spadefoot toad
(Scaphiopus hammondii))

FSC, CSC

Known from the Ventura River near the Oak View area

REPTILES

Southwestern pond turtle
(Clemmys marmorata pallida)

FSC, CSC, FSS

Known from several locations within the Ventura River Basin

California horned lizard
(Phrynosoma coronatum frontale)

CSC

Observed in the Ventura River Basin

Silvery legless lizard
(Anniella pulchra pulchra)

FSC, CSC, FSS

Known from the coastal dunes near the mouth of the Ventura River

Coastal western whiptail
(Cnemidophorus tigris multiscutatus)

FSC, CSC

Observed within the Ventura River Basin

Two-striped garter snake
(Thamnophis hammondii)

CSC, FSS

Observed within the Ventura River Basin

BIRDS

California brown pelican
(Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

DFGFP

Estuarine, Marine

Common loon
(Gavia immer)

CSC

Estuarine, Marine

Western snowy plover
(Charadrius alexandrinus)

FT, CSC

Estuarine, Marine, Sand Dunes

Black tern
(Chlidonias niger)

CSC

Lacustrine, Palustrine, Estuarine, Marine

California least tern
(Sterna antillarum browni)

FE, SE, DFGFP

Estuarine, Marine, Sand Dunes

Great egret
(Ardea alba)

CDFS

Riverine, Palustrine, Estuarine, Marine, Grassland

Great blue heron
(Ardea herodias)

CDFS

Riverine, Palustrine, Estuarine, Marine, Grassland

California condor
(Gymnogyps californianus)

FE, SE, CDFS, DFGFP

Grassland, Scrub, Chaparral, Woodland

Northern harrier
(Circus cyaneus)

CSC

Palustrine, Grassland, Scrub

White-tailed kite
(Elanus leucurus)

DFGFP

Palustrine, Grassland, Scrub

American peregrine falcon
(Falco peregrinus anatum)

DFGFP

Palustrine, Estuarine, Grassland, Scrub

Osprey
(Pandion haliaetus)

CDFS

Lacustrine, Riverine, Estuarine, Woodland

Western yellow-billed cuckoo
(Coccyzus americanus occidentalis)

SE, FSS

Observed within the Ventura River Basin

Short-eared owl
(Asio jlammeus)

CSC

Palustrine, Grassland

Burrowing owl
(Athene cunicularia)

CSC

Grassland, Scrub Chaparral, Woodland

Black swift
(Cypseloides niger)

CSC

Riverine, Palustrine

Vaux’s swift
(Chaetura vauxi)

CSC

Woodland

Olive-sided flycatcher
(Contopus copperi)

CSC, FSS, FWSMC

Observed within the Ventura River Basin

Southwestern willow flycatcher
(Empidonax traillii extimus)

FE, SE

Palustrine: Potential nesting and foraging riparian habitat, but not observed

Loggerhead shrike
(Lanius ludovicianus)

CSC

Palustrine, Grassland, Scrub Chaparral, Woodland

Least Bell’s vireo
(Vireo bellii pusillus)

FE, SE

Palustrine

Purple martin
(Progne subis)

CSC

Palustrine, Grassland, Woodland

Bank swallow
(Riparia riparia)

ST

Lacustrine, Riverine, Palustrine

Yellow warbler
(Dendrocia petechia brewsteri)

CSC, FWSMC

Palustrine, Chaparral, Woodland

Yellow-breasted chat
(Icteria virens)

CSC

Palustrine

Summer tanager
(Piranga rubra)

CSC

Palustrine, Woodland

Tricolored blackbird
(Agelaius tricolor)

FSC, CSC

Palustrine, Grassland

Lawrence’s goldfinch
(Carduelis lawrencei)

FWSMC

Observed within the Ventura River Basin

MAMMALS

Pallid bat,
(Antrozous pallidus)

CSC, FSS

Observed within the Ventura River Basin

Ringtail cat
(Bassariscus astutus)

DFGFP

Observed within the Ventura River Basin

TABLE KEY:

Source: California Natural Diversity Database 2005; updated 2010; Planning Aid Report for the Matilija Dam Removal Project, USFWS 2003

Status:


FT Federally Threatened Species
FE Federally Endangered Species
FSC Federal Species of Special Concern
FSS U.S. Forest Service Sensitive Species
FWSMC USFWS-protected migratory species
SE State Endangered Species
CSC California Species of Special Concern
DFGFP CDFG Fully Protected Species
CDFS California Dept. of Forestry Sensitive Species



Useful Species-related Websites



SPECIES LINKS:
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cnddb/pdfs/SPAnimals.pdf
http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/pub/stateListingAndOccurrenceIndividual.jsp?state=CA
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cnddb/plants_and_animals.asp
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/
http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/recovery/Steelhead.htm
http://www.natureserve.org/explorer/

INVASIVE SPECIES:
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/quaggamussel/
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/mudsnail/
http://www.casitaswater.org/



Ventura River Watershed U – May 13, 2010 - Laura Riege


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