"If you want to see something happening right now that happened here two hundred million years ago, you can see it all in Nevada." - John McPhee, Basin and Range

Wildlife & Plants

pygmy-rabbit-Betsy-DemayThe Basin and Range National Monument contains a unique variety of Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin vegetation communities, which together serve as rare and important ecological transition zones and contribute to overall high level of biodiversity in the area.

Habitat for at least two dozen threatened and sensitive wildlife species exists within the monument. The area is priority habitat for sage grouse and sagebrush obligates like mule deer and pygmy rabbit.

AntelopeConnectivity between the ranges provides winter range for deer and elk, an important consideration in the face of climate change. A complete list of sensitive wildlife species in the area is included below.

The Basin and Range National Monument is also home to unique plants, including an at-risk species found nowhere outside of Nevada, the White River Catseye. Ancient Bristlecone pines – some more than 2000 years old are found in the Worthington Mountains. The Seaman Range contains one of the most genetically diverse relict stands of ponderosa pine in the West.

CLF_Tyler_Roemer_hires-045 (800x586)Sensitive Wildlife Species with Habitat in the Basin and Range Conservation Proposal:

  • Loggerhead shrike Lanius ludovicianus – BLM and state “sensitive” species, FWS species of concern
  • Sage thrasher Oreoscotes montanus – BLM and state “sensitive” species
  • Brewer’s sparrow Spizella breweri – BLM and state “sensitive” species
  • CLF_Tyler_Roemer_hires-002_webPygmy rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis BLM “sensitive” species, FWS species of concern
  • Pale kangaroo mouse Microdipidops pallidus – state “protected” species
  • Dark kangaroo mouse Microdipodops megacephalus albiventer – BLM “sensitive” species, state “protected” species, FWS “species of concern”
  • Pallid bat Antrozous pallidus – State “protected” species
  • Big brown bat Eptesicus fuscus – BLM “sensitive” species
  • Greater western mastiff bat Eumops perotis – BLM “sensitive” species
  • Greater sage-grouse Centrocercus urophasianus – BLM “sensitive” species
  • Allen’s lappet-browed bat Idionycteris phyllotis – BLM “sensitive” species, state “protected” species, FWS “species of concern”
  • Western red bat Lasiurus blossivillii – BLM and state “sensitive” species
  • Hoary bat Lasiurus cinereus – BLM “sensitive” species
  • Silver-haired bat Lasionycteris noctivagans – BLM “sensitive” species
  • California leaf-nosed bat Macrotus californicus – BLM and state “sensitive” species, FWS species of concern
  • California myotis Myotis californicus – BLM “sensitive” species
    Small-footed myotis Myotis ciliolabrum – BLM and state “sensitive” species, FWS species of concern
  • Long-eared myotis Myotis evotis – BLM “sensitive” species
  • Little brown myotis Myotis lucifugus – BLM “sensitive” species
  • Cave myotis Myotis velifer – BLM “sensitive” species, FWS species of concern
  • Long-legged myotis Myotis volans – BLM “sensitive” species
  • Yuma myotis Myotis yumanensis – BLM “sensitive” species
  • Western pipistrelle Pipistrellus hesperus – BLM “sensitive” species
  • Brazilian free-tailed bat Tadarida brasilliansis – BLM “sensitive” species, state “protected” species