Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.65
Liaison Jennifer Sanchez
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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California State University, Bakersfield
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jennifer Sanchez
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Does the institution own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance?:
No

A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:
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Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas (including most recent year assessed) and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

A site vist was conducted by Senior Biologist Carie Wingart on January 10, 2014, along with a search of the California Natural Diversity Database. This was conducted for a new project site on the southern part of campus.


A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

Plants and Mosses: Horn's milk-vetch, California jewelflower, Hispid salty birds-beak, Recurved larkspur, Hoover's eriastrum, California satintail, San Joaquin wollythreads, California chalk moss. Mammals: Tipton kangaroo rat (saltbrush shrubs, needs soft friable soils, burrows), Western mastiff bat ( semi-arid habitats, deciduous woodlands, shrubs), Hoary bat ( open habitats mosaics, and access to trees dense foliage), Amerigan badger ( abundant in drier open stages of shrubs, needs friable soils), San Joanquin kit fox ( annual grasslands, scattered shrubby vegetation, and loose textured soil for burrowing). Reptiles/Amphibians: Silvery legless lizard ( sandy or loose soils under vegetation, soil moisture is important), San Joanquin whipsnake (open dry habitat with little or no tree cover,grasslands and saltbrush are common sites), Western spadefoot (primarily in grassland sites).


A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

CSUB’s Facility for Animal Care and Treatment (FACT) resides within five wooded acres of the 20-acre ESA. The many mature trees here and elsewhere on campus provide shelter for nesting birds of prey, such as red tailed hawks and barn owls. Two years ago, two juvenile red shouldered hawks were raised in a sycamore in the middle of the residence halls. Last year, a great horned owl raised two owlets in a magnolia tree next to Science III.


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