Central Valley LCP: Desert and Grasslands Conservation Science Library

Priority Sub-habitats
Vernal pools and swales
San Joaquin desert

Available Maps:
Grasslands/Desert scrub
Vernal Pools
Priority Species Groups & Species

Burrowing mammals
Vernal pool crustaceans
Blunt-nosed leopard lizard

Existing Vulnerability Assessments:

Priority Resources
Climate Change Vulnerability Species Scores for California Bird Species of Special Concern Gardali, et. al. Burrowing owl California-wide
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Rare Plants California Department of Fish & Wildlife Vernal pool plants California-wide

Modeling / Projections

Priority Resources
Threat Assessments for California Rangelands USGS Western Geographic Science Center Wildlife habitat provided by rangelands Current and projected for 2 climate models; Central Valley and foothills
Modeling Bird Distribution Responses to Climate Change: A mapping tool to assist land managers and scientists in California Point Blue Conservation Science Grassland and desert bird species, grassland and desert vegetation Projected future distributions for 2 models; California-wide

Conservation Science References:

Type: Document
Titlesort descending Creator Date Subjects
A climate change vulnerability assessment of California's at-risk birds Gardali, Thomas, Seavy, Nathaniel E., DiGaudio, Ryan T., and Comrack, Lyann A. 2012 vulnerability assessment, birds, climate change adaptation, biodiversity
Additive effects of simulated climate changes, elevated CO2 and nitrogen deposition on grassland diversity. Zavaleta ES, Shaw MR, Chiarello, NR, Mooney HA, & Field CB. 2003 grasslands, biodiversity
Cattle Grazing Mediates Climate Change Impacts on Ephemeral Wetlands Pyke, C. R., and J. Marty. 2005 grazing, rangelands, vernal pools
Effects of pool characteristics on California tiger salamander larval density at Dutchman Creek Conservation Bank, Merced County Brand, A. L., Scherer, R., and Hansen, E. February, 2016 California tiger salamander
Habitat loss confounds climate change impacts Pyke, C. R. 2004 land use planning, vernal pools, case studies
Integrated climate and land use change scenarios for California rangeland ecosystem services: wildlife habitat, soil carbon, and water supply Byrd, Kristin B., Lorraine E. Flint, P. Alvarez, C. F. Casey, B. M. Sleeter, C. E. Soulard, Alan L. Flint, T. L. Sohl January, 2015 rangelands, ecosystem services, soil carbon, habitat conservation, water resources
Interactions between Habitat Loss and Climate Change: Implications for Fairy Shrimp in the Central Valley Ecoregion of California, USA Pyke, C. R. 2005 vernal pools
Inundation timing, more than duration, affects the community structure of California vernal pool mesocosms Kneitel, J. M. 2014 vernal pools
Managing microevololution: restoration in the face of global change Rice, K. J., and Emery, N. C. 2003 vernal pools, oak woodlands
Projected Effects of Climate Change in California: Ecoregional Summaries Emphasizing Consequences for Wildlife Gardali, T., Howell, C., Seavy, N., Shuford, W. D., Stralberg, D. 2011 climate change impacts
Response of vegetation distribution, ecosystem productivity, and fire to climate change scenarios for California Lenihan, James M., Bachelet, Dominique, Neilson, Ronald P., and Drapek, Raymond 2008 vegetation modeling, wildfire, climate change impacts
Species interactions reverse grassland responses to changing climate Suttle, K. B., M. A. Thomsen, and M. E. Power 2007 grasslands, species interactions
Type: Dataset
Titlesort descending Creator Date Subjects
Bird Distribution Responses to Climate Change Point Blue Conservation Science 2010 species distribution modeling, birds, bioclimatic modeling
Conservation Prioritization for California Landbirds Point Blue Conservation Science 2011 species distribution modeling, habitat conservation, birds
Plant Profiles and Vulnerability Scores for 156 Rare Plants of California Anacker, Brian; Leidholm, Krystal; Gogol-Prokurat, Melanie; and Schoenig, Steve December 12, 2011 vulnerability assessment, rare plants
Type: Tool
Titlesort descending Creator Date Subjects
Modeling Bird Distribution Responses to Climate Change Point Blue Conservation Science