Local wildlife in the Central Sierra and Northern Yosemite region

A great diversity of wildlife species make their home in the Sierra Nevada, from flocks of rosy-crowned finches foraging atop the highest peaks in Yosemite, to the elusive ringtail roaming the foothills of the Central Sierra by starlight. You can see more abundant creatures like coyote, which also roam most of the U.S., or you might get lucky and see a Yosemite toad or another rare species that can only be found in the Sierra Nevada. The habitat needs of species varies too, thus the threats facing wildlife are wide – ranging.

Our photo detection surveys

CSERC’s staff sets up motion triggered photo stations in remote, unprotected roadless areas and other places within the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite to locate rare wildlife species. We collaborate with agency staff to help meet the need to survey for rare species and the data we provide is used to help inform decision makers and complete adequate environmental analyses for projects.

Read more about our wildlife detection cameras here

Current threats to wildlife

Wildlife species can't speak for themselves at public hearings or before politicians. They can't write responses to technical, legal documents like EIR's and EA’s. CSERC serves as their voice in the following wildlife issues...

Learn about local wildlife

Learn interesting facts about some of our local wildlife here in the Yosemite region. Species that are endemic to the Sierra Nevada can’t be found anywhere else, and often have interesting and unique qualities that distinguish them from similar species. Learn more about the critters you could see locally in the Sierra Nevada region.

Mountain Lion

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Wildlife photo gallery

Photos of the amazing diversity of local  species.