Indicator Species

The City of Los Angeles is particularly interested in knowing where certain indicator species are found.

When indicator species are present it typically means there is high quality habitat. Most of these species (e.g., mule deer, great horned owls) are typically dependent on natural areas and are mostly found in parks and in large areas of open space. However, if you are lucky, you might be able to see some of them, like bumblebees and monarch butterflies, in your backyard or neighborhood. Other indicator species, like the red-winged blackbird, are typically found in or near streams, rivers, lakes, and other water bodies.

The indicator species cards below indicate where you are likely to spot certain species. You can also learn more with LA Sanitation and Environment's comprehensive guide, Biodiversity Indicator Species Booklet, which can found on their website. Your observations of indicator species will be extremely important to City staff and local scientists studying biodiversity.

How many indicator species can you observe?


Nurit Katz

Acorn Woodpecker

Melanerpes formicivorus

Birds

Neighborhood Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

Baja California Tree Frog

Pseudacris hypochondria

Amphibians

Stream/Riparian Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

Behr's Metalmark

Apodemia virgulti

Invertebrates

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

Black-bellied Slender Salamander

Batrachoseps nigriventris

Amphibians

Stream/Riparian Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Robert Martinez

Bobcat

Lynx rufus

Mammals

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

Bramble Green Hairstreak

Callophrys dumetorum

Invertebrates

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

Bumblebees

Bombus sp.

Invertebrates

Neighborhood Species

iNaturalist Species Page

iNaturalist/Andre Giraldi

California Kingsnake

Lampropeltis californiae

Reptiles

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

California Quail

Callipepla californica

Birds

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

California Wild Rose

Rosa californica

Plants

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Canyon Wren

Catherpes mexicanus

Birds

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Cinnamon Teal

Spatula cyanoptera

Birds

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

iNaturalist/Patrick Alexander

Coachwhip Snake

Coluber flagellum

Reptiles

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Common Side-blotched Lizard

Uta stansburiana

Reptiles

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Jeff Adams Stauffer

Dusky Footed Woodrat

Neotoma macrotis

Mammals

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

El Segundo Blue Butterfly

Euphilotes battoides ssp. allyni

Invertebrates

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

Gopher Snake

Pituophis catenifer

Reptiles

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Robert Martinez

Gray Fox

Urocyon cinereoargenteus

Mammals

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Birds

Stream/Riparian Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

Birds

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Greater Roadrunner

Geococcyx californianus

Birds

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

Harvester Ants

Pogonomyrmex (Genus)

Invertebrates

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

Birds

Stream/Riparian Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

Lorquin's Admiral

Limenitis lorquini

Invertebrates

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

iNaturalist/Kyle Nessen

Monarch

Danaus plexippus

Invertebrates

Neighborhood Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Mule Deer

Odocoileus hemionus

Mammals

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

North American Jerusalem Ccrickets

Ammopelmatus sp.

Invertebrates

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

iNaturalist/Dario

Northern Harrier

Circus hudsonius

Birds

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Birds

Neighborhood Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Birds

Stream/Riparian Species

iNaturalist Species Page

iNaturalist/Phytographer

Sara Orangetip

Anthocharis sara

Invertebrates

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus

Birds

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Toyon

Heteromeles arbutifolia

Plants

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Daniel S. Cooper

Velvet Ants

Mutillidae

Invertebrates

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Western Bluebird

Sialia mexicana

Birds

Neighborhood Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Western Meadowlark

Sturnella neglecta

Birds

Park/Natural Area Species

iNaturalist Species Page

Nurit Katz

Western Pond Turtle

Actinemys marmorata

Reptiles

Stream/Riparian Species

iNaturalist Species Page

iNaturalist/Jesse Rorabaugh

Western Toad

Anaxyrus boreas

Amphibians

Stream/Riparian Species

iNaturalist Species Page

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