This course covers the identification, distribution, natural history, ecology, conservation history and conservation status of all the Northern and Southern California amphibian and reptile species and subspecies that are listed as threatened or endangered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This course also covers all Northern California and selected Southern California species included in the current (2016) edition of the UC Press/CDFW publication “California Amphibian and Reptile Species of Special Concern,” such as the western pond turtle and the coast horned lizard. Also included is introductory material on survey techniques. The course is designed for agency biologists, consultants, planners, public utilities staff and others who are interested in the natural history and conservation biology of Northern California amphibians and reptiles.