Threatened, Endangered, or Sensitive Species

The location of Los Padres, at the juncture of at least three major ecological regions and the marine coastline has resulted in the forest having the largest number of threatened, endangered or sensitive species of wildlife within the National Forests of California.

The forest provides habitat to many sensitive, threatened or endangered species, such as the California Spotted Owl, Southwestern Pond Turtle and California Leaf-nosed Bat, Least Bell's Vireo, Southwest Willow Flycatcher, Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, Red-legged Frog, Arroyo Southwestern Toad, San Joaquin Kit Fox, Smith's Blue Butterfly, South-Central Coast steelhead, and the three species of listed fairy shrimp (conservancy, longhorn, and vernal pool).

The forest participates in a number of interagency recovery programs for these species. The Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon programs have been very successful to the point where these species are in the process of down listing or delisting altogether.

Reintroduction of captively reared California Condors is one of the more active programs currently operating on the forest. There are 57 California Condors in the wild in in Los Padres National Forest, as of August 2005, where in March 2004 there were 39. There are also California Condors in the wild in Arizona and Baja California. As of August 2005 there are 55 in Arizona and 13 in Baja. These numbers fluctuate on a regular basis.

Contact Patrick Lieske, Forest Wildflie Biologist, or contact US Fish and Wildlife, Condor Recovery Program Office in Ventura, CA.