Sensitive Wildlife Species

One of the missions of the HCP/NCCP was to increase the number of sensitive species that live and thrive on the water bank. Since 1994, that list has grown from 10 species to 34 — due in large part to the intermittent recharge in basins with varying water depths which provide diverse habitats for a wide variety of water-dependent bird species.

Because the upland areas of the Water Bank are no longer farmed, the area has returned to a natural condition that provides prime habitat for threatened and endangered species like Tipton kangaroo rats and burrowing owls. We expect increases in the number of species and individuals at the Kern Water Bank in the years to come.

List of Sensitive Species:

  • Scaphiopdidae (spadefoot toads)
    Spea (Scaphiopus) hammondi, Western spadefoot
  • Phrynosomatidae (horned lizards)
    Phrynosoma coronatum frontale, california horned lizard *
  • Pelecanidae (pelicans)
    Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, american white pelican
    Pelecanus occidentalis, brown pelican
  • Phalacrocoracidae (cormorants)
    Phalacrocorax auritus, double-crested cormorant
  • Ardeidae (herons, egrets, and bitterns)
    Ardea alba, great egret
    Ardea herodias, great blue heron
    Botaurus lentiginosus, american bittern
    Egretta thula, snowy egret
    Nycticorax nycticorax, black-crowned night heron
  • Threskiornithidae (ibises and spoonbills)
    Plegadis chihi, white-faced ibis
  • Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)
    Aythya valisineria, canvasback
    Branta canadensis leucopareia, aleutian canada goose
    Cygnus columbianus, tundra swan
  • Accipitridae (hawks, kites, harriers, and eagles)
    Accipiter cooperi, cooper’s hawk *
    Buteo swainsoni, swainson’s hawk *
    Circus cyaneus, northern harrier *
    Elanus leucurus, white-tailed kite
    Pandion haliaetus, osprey
  • Falconidae (falcons)
    Falco columbarius, merlin
    Falco mexicanus, prairie falcon
  • Laridae (gulls and terns)
    Chlidonias niger, black tern
    Sterna caspia, caspian tern
    Sterna forsteri, forster’s tern
  • Strigidae (owls)
    Athene cunicularia hypugea, burrowing owl *
  • Laniidae (shrikes)
    Lanius ludovicianus, loggerhead shrike
  • Alaudidae (larks)
    Eremophila alpestris actia, california horned-lark
  • Mimidae (mockingbirds and thrashers)
    Toxostoma redivivum, california thrasher
  • Icteridae (blackbirds)
    Agelaius tricolor, tricolored blackbird
    Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus, yellow-headed blackbird
  • Heteromyidae (kangaroo rats, pocket mice, and kangaroo mice)
    Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides, tipton kangaroo rat *
    Perognathus inornatus inornatus, san joaquin pocket mouse *
  • Canidae (foxes, wolves, and coyotes)
    Vulpes macrotis mutica, san joaquin kit fox *
  • Mustelidae (weasles, badgers, and relatives)
    Taxidea taxus, american badger *