Scops Owl Monitoring


Scops Owl – June 2018

The Habitat Institute is excited to support The Global Owl Project (GLOW) for obtaining 30 GPS tags for observing and checking the progress on Scops owls in Europe. These Lotex PinPoint50 Swift GPS tags weigh only 2.7 grams. GLOW is a wonderful Worldwide project initiative program working towards conservation for the world’s owls.

GLOW’s Mission: This project is a long-term, worldwide project to advance foundational aspects of science and conservation for the world’s owls.

This support was made possible by a generous private donation.

SOUL VIBES feat. Sol Tribe a Benefit Event for The Habitat Institute

MAY 11TH | Santa Cruz, California USA | Sol Tribe

Please Join Us for SOUL VIBES a benefit event for

The Habitat Institute

Sol Tribe will be making a surprise appearance on their Spring Tour in Santa Cruz, California for this event. We are hoping you too will join our community of fellow artist and get behind this cause.

Our NATURAL systems are complex, interrelated, and ever-changing, and deeply spiritual. We need them, though it is humbling to admit that they do not need us. Because of mankind’s unprecedented relationship with nature and our ability to alter and degrade these natural habitats, we must align and attune ourselves to its protection.

Santa Cruz, is coming together to take a proactive step to raise awareness and to support our local nonprofit The Habitat Institute. Together we can further the development and implementation of sound ecology and continue to strive in sustaining our natural habitats and their fish and wildlife for the future.

We are hoping you’ll join us in this cause!

Here is a link (below) to one of THI’s accomplishments. Our San Francisco South Bay Restoration project. So, you can get the idea of the complexity involved in continuing these important strategic scientific efforts in supporting our fish and wildlife and their habitats for our future.

The wildlife habitat assessment of the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline study evaluated 173 polygons. Baseline conditions that consisted of 16 different habitat types were determined to describe the 6,674 acres (2,700 ha) site. The number of fish and wildlife species associated with the project totaled 253, of which 51 were fish, 165 birds, 30 terrestrial mammals, 6 reptiles, and 1 marine mammal.

Our event website will go-live soon and we will reveal our confirmed local Santa Cruz artist, supporters and contributors for this cause…a cause worth fighting for


Please Note: Address of this event is not currently available to the public.

Tribute to Capt. Paul Ashley

We recently became aware that on September 6TH, 2017, a mentor, beloved colleague and our dear friend, Paul Ashley passed away after a quarter century battle with heart disease. Paul worked tirelessly for wildlife and their habitats for over 40 years. He was employed with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for 30 years, and the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority for 10 years. The majority of his career was focused on habitat evaluations, as Paul was well versed in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Habitat Evaluations Procedures (HEP), and for a number of years he was an instructor of their courses. Paul was an exceptional field biologist and later in his career became a mentor of The Habitat Institute’s development of Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols (CHAP), and implementation for its use at the State and Federal regulatory level as an ecological health indicator metrics for natural resource conservation, restoration and mitigation. Additionally, Paul took part in a number of field assessments with the Institute’s Habitat Team(s). His desire for the details and the importance of science led him to play an inspiring leadership role at The Habitat Institute. Paul Ashley’s knowledge of resources in wildlife science and his passion for nature has undoubtedly influenced many conservation scientists, and his efforts and friendship will be sorely missed, and not be forgotten by his successors.

Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers (OFWIM)

The Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers (OFWIM) is a international nonprofit group. Formally established in 1993 was cofounded by The Habitat Institute’s Director and Chief Ecologist Mr. O’Neill. He was OFWIM’s second President.

OFWIM’s Mission: To promote the management and conservation of natural resources by facilitating technology and information exchange among managers of fish and wildlife information.

OFWIM’s Vision: To be a bridge between natural resource and technical disciplines to promote partnering, collaborations, sharing of ideas, and best management practices in order to effectively apply technology to information and data needs of natural resource management.


Happy New Year!


The Habitat Institute is dedicated to addressing our nation’s most serious environmental issues. By building ecological health indicator metric(s) implemented at the state and federal level for conservation strategies, ecosystem restoration, advanced mitigation, and regulatory ecosystem management. ECOLOGY WILL LEAD THE WAY 2018

Regional Approval Concluding a 10-year Review of, CHAP

The Habitat Institute have submitted all obligatory CHAP documents to the Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District for their review and submittal  to their Planning Center of Expertise for Regional Approval. This concludes a 10-year review that cumulated last year in a review process that followed the National Academy of Science Guidelines.

Regional approval would allow CHAP to be used by the US Army Corps of Engineers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

Whittier Narrows Dam Safety

The Habitat Institute – Baseline Condition Field Data Collection Completed: June 17, 2017

Whittier Narrows Dam and Reservoir: Is a flood control and water conservation project constructed in 1957 operated by the Los Angeles District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers at the Whittier Narrows in Montebello, California. Whittier Narrows Dam is a central element in the Los Angeles County Drainage Area flood control system. The Dam and Reservoir serve to collect runoff from uncontrolled drainage areas upstream as well as releases into the San Gabriel River.

Whittier Narrows Dam has been reclassified: Dam Safety Action Classification 1

This rating indicates the United States Army Corps of Engineers considers the incremental risk – the combination of life or economic consequences with the likelihood of failure – to be very high

Such a classification identifies the dam as a high priority dam safety project.

Several endangered species occur at the Whittier Narrows site and they are the California Gnatcatcher and Least Bell’s Vireo.

A Conservation Success Story – Columbia Spotted Frog

Nevada Department of Wildlife uses the Institute’s Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris) range data for inclusion in their story map for their final Conservation Agreement prepared by the Columbia Spotted Frog Technical Team. THI’s data was applied to shows species distribution of this resilient little amphibian.

See story here: “Nevada is a state covered by desert and semi-arid landscape. It is also a state full of surprises. One of these surprises is the remarkable Columbia spotted frog (Rana luteiventris). Despite being associated with and dependent on water this amazing little amphibian has managed to survive in one of the driest states in the United States of America” (1 a conservation story).