This document is a work in progress.
- Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz County: (831-462-0726) NAR conducts triage and first response for all sorts of wildlife in Santa Cruz County from their small office at 1855 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Their homepage includes an excellent guide to responding to many sorts of imperiled birds and mammals
- Marine Mammal Center: (831-633-6298) This marine mammal rescue organization operates a number of stations along the California coast, including one in Moss Landing to serve Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. They seek committed volunteers to carry out much of their operations. If you find an injured or distressed harbor seal, sea lion, elephant seal, or other marine mammal, see especially their Seven Steps to Help a Stranded Marine Mammal.
- Santa Cruz County Animal Services: 831-454-7200 (831-471-1182 after hours) This agency will sometimes deal with injured or dead large adult mammals, such as deer, mountain lions, and bobcats.
- Oiled Wildlife Care Center Wildlife Reporting Hotline: (877-823-6926) Call this hotline to report oiled birds
- Wildlife Emergency Services
- Calflora is a superb online database of the native and non-native naturalized plants of California, including distribution info, photo links, and more. Be sure to select “Santa Cruz” in the rightmost column, when you wish to restrict your queries to our area.
- Santa Cruz County Plant List Book: The Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County is just what it sounds like, spiral-bound and organized by family, distinguishing native from introduced species, with other useful notes. It is very helpful in the field for those with a little botanical knowledge, and is published and available for purchase from our local chapter of the California Native Plant Society.
- California Herps is a comprehensive photo guide to the reptiles and amphibians (herps) of California, with range and habitat information.
- Bugguide is easily the most comprehensive photo guide to the arthropod (insects, arachnids, myriapods) taxa of North America. It is somewhat cumbersome to navigate, but worth the effort to learn.
- Checklist of Monterey Odonota This excellent guide to the dragonfly and damselfly species of Monterey County has much utility for our area as well.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Bugs and Terrestrial Invertebrates
- California Naturalist Program
- California Native Plant Society, Santa Cruz Chapter
- Santa Cruz Bird Club
- UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
- Friends of Corcoran Lagoon Beach: “Friends of Corcoran Lagoon Beach (FoCLB) assists Santa Cruz County Parks in meeting its mission to provide a safe, well-designed and maintained County beach access and assists County Planning and County Parks in meeting management obligations for wildlife habitat protection known as Corcoran Lagoon Beach.”
- Ventana Wildlife Society works to conserve native wildlife on the central coast, particularly working to restore bald eagle and California condor populations.