Animal related


Preserving wildlands; promoting sustainable agriculture

aka The PCCA, Central Coast Bat Survey

Paso Robles, CA


PCCA's Mission: 1. Conservation & stewardship of native habitats; 2. Protection of working lands (e.g., farm & range la) that support native wildlife and plants; 3. Design & implement field studies supporting recovery of endangered and threatened species to further their survivorship; 4. Design & implement field studies to prevent common species from becoming threatened or endangered by developing baseline profiles BEFORE they experience significant decline; and 5. Conduct research and educate the public on benefits of North America's bats on agriculture and public health. PCCA staff work throughout the states of California, Arizona, and Nevada; however, its research and service area focus are directed toward California's Central Coast, San Diego County, and the Imperial Valley.

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Executive Director

William E Haas

Main Address

66 Terrace Hill Drive

Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA


Bats, Wildlife, Endangered, Threatened, Species, Conservation Easement, Perpetual Land Management, Study Design, San Diego County, Imperial County, San Luis Obispo County, Willow Flycatcher





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

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Programs + Results

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Conservation Easement Program: Many farmers & ranchers are familiar with the concept of the conservation easement (CE) but may not know much about its advantages or the process by which a CE can be obtained. We assist with both of these issues based on a firm understanding of the how and why of the CE and, with a strong, ag-based real estate support team can bring a CE to fruition in relatively short order. Bats, Sustainable Agriculture, and Human Health Program: We conduct very basic, local information-based data collection on bat biology and ecology to create education programs (including our exciting "Bats & Art" component) for the general public and also the farming & ranching sectors to inform about bats, bat biology, bats & human health, and the importance of (and monetary value of) bats and their roles in sustainable agriculture. The Prairie Falcon Trust: Prairie Falcons, although not an endangered or threatened species are in decline due to incompatible land use.

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Central Coast Bat Survey

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Conservation Easement Program: Our goal is to provide valuable education to perspective land owners and in a program of mutual benefit, help set aside land in perpetuity that limits development while protecting (and helping continue) existing land use while also providing tax relief to an often cash-poor segment to an agrarian landscape. Bats, Sustainable Agriculture, and Human Health Program: We aim to be the primary bat education organization on California's Central Coast. We hope to further the acceptance of bats as a beneficial component of sustainable agriculture (through conservation of habitats, incorporating bat habitat into agricultural planning) while also providing the general public with information about the importance & value of bats while dispelling the many myths about their "darker" side). Prairie Falcon Trust: Our goal is to combine education with breeding site land acquisition to enhance the Prairie Falcon survivorship in southern California deserts.

Conservation Easement Program: Our Web site ( is information rich regarding conservation easements and the conservation easement process. We attempt to have in-person contact every inquiry. We also make presentations, at no cost, to local agricultural groups and organizations (e.g., our local, 600-member sustainable agriculture organization, The Vineyard Team). Bats, Sustainable Agriculture, and Human Health Program: In addition to periodic classes and seasonal events, we use local media (esp. radio & electronic media) to advertise our programs. We twice annually teach community ed classes at our local community college and we are hoping that our Bats & Art competition will bring publicity and interest to bat conservation. We hold semi-monthly "Bat Cafes" for the public and scientists to gather and discuss all things bats Prairie Falcon Trust: This program will require a combination of an old-fashioned grass roots (public education) effort and land acquisition

1. Our Executive Director has more than 25 years experience in conservation easement establishment & management. 2. Our real estate specialists have been ranked in the top 100 ag-land realtors in the country. 3. The Director of our bat study has a degree in science education, 30+ years of bat-related field work, and 20 years teaching science and science curriculum development in the U. S. and in Central America at the secondary and post-secondary school levels. 4. Our Prairie Falcon Trust has in one month assembled an interest group made up of public, private, and non-profit organizations, which meets semi-monthly.

Numbers! Number of participants in our classroom events; number of primary school students participating in and building bat boxes; number of bat boxes installed on ranches, farms, and residences; number of participants in our "Bats & Art" classes; number of conservation easements dedicated; and (for the Prairie Falcon Trust) the number and size of properties purchased or otherwise protected as a direct result of our outreach.

1. We have helped establish conservation easements on four ranches, totaling more than 600 acres of protected grazing and farm lands. 2. Through our bat education program, we annually host 50 primary school students in bat box building classes. We also, twice annually, present classes through local public libraries, "a "Bats of the Central Coast" program with an after-call bat walk. Class size typically numbers 40 with a make-up of "all ages" (e.g., our most recent included participants ranging in age from 4 to 78 years of age). 3. Although only in its first month of operation, our Prairie Falcon Trust has engaged four land use groups; three public agencies (BLM, US-FWS, and CA-DFW); and several non-profit groups (including both a local and the statewide Audubon Society entities) to begin a cooperative process of purchasing or otherwise protecting Prairie Falcon nest sites in the Antelope and Imperial valleys of southern California.

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