A crucial step in assessing biodiversity is listing the species that occur in an area. This activity has been shaped by the expertise of the faculty who have studied the campus, so that accounts of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians began in the 1980s (if there were earlier accounts, they have been lost). A number of important groups have no species lists, because they have not been surveyed on campus, or the surveys have never been published. Chief among these are the insects.
Species of concern
Seven plants and animals that are known or suspected to occur at Cal Poly Pomona are rare enough that they have either been singled out for legal protection or noted as needing careful monitoring.
Federally listed species
- Coastal California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica)
California listed species
California Department of Fish and Game Species of Special Concern
- Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
- Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus)—may occur on campus, but not documented
- Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis)—may occur on campus, but not documented
- Townsend’s Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii)—may occur on campus, but not documented
California Native Plant Society species of concern
- Catalina mariposa-lily (Calochortus catalinae)
- Plummer's mariposa-lily (Calochortus plummerae)
- Intermediate mariposa-lily (Calochortus weedii var. intermedius)