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Tommy Molioo

Tommy Molioo Tommy’s field survey experience includes conducting habitat assessments, biological resources studies, year-long avian studies, year-long plant and wildlife inventory surveys, bird-use-counts (BUCs), wildlife corridor studies, and focused protocol surveys for a number of sensitive plant and wildlife species. Tommy has conducted focused protocol surveys for the following species: Marvin’s onion, many-stemmed dudleya, San Fernando Valley spineflower, Nevin’s barberry, Davidson’s bush mallow, slender mariposa lily, Coachella Valley milk-vetch, Quinocheckerspot butterfly, coastal California gnatcatcher, least Bell’s vireo, burrowing owl, desert tortoise, Arroyo toad, flat-tailed horned lizard, Los Angeles pocket mouse, and San Bernardino kangaroo rat.

He also conducted monitoring surveys and maintenance activities for restoration projects throughout Southern California, and assisted with formal wetland delineations for projects requiring wetlands permitting under US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), and California Department of Fish & Game (CDFG) jurisdiction.

He earned his B.A. in Biology from Minot State University in North Dakota on a football scholarship.

Recent Posts

Sensitive Species Investigations: A Tale of Two Tortoises

Posted by Tommy Molioo on May 2, 2014 10:20:00 AM


Did you know? What is the difference between a tortoise and a turtle? They are both reptiles protected by a shell; however, a tortoise is land dweller while a turtle inhabits fresh or seawater. This blog post continues FCS’ series investigating the lives and interesting facts about sensitive species, and how humans interact with them. Our investigation in this post focuses on the rugged and elusive desert tortoise, a federally threatened species. The desert tortoise occurs in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. For 150 years it was understood that this tortoise was a single species with possible geographic variations. Like many things in the world of science, as knowledge and technology increase so does the ability to accurately classify species based on research and DNA evidence not just empirical data.

Sensitive Species Investigations: Do Burrowing Owls Actually Burrow?

Posted by Tommy Molioo on Mar 20, 2014 8:51:00 AM


Although the answer may seem obvious to biologists, ornithologists and avid bird watchers - based from my discussions among colleagues, friends, family and the general public - the answer may not be so obvious after all.  It is a common misnomer to think that the common name of a species is indicative to their specific physical trait or behavior. However, the colloquial names of animals do not necessarily give their exact distinctive trait . One thing is clear though, burrowing owls definitely nest in burrows. But do they build these burrows themselves? Let’s find out more about the burrowing owl and their natural habitat.

'Tis the Season...To Start Hibernating!

Posted by Tommy Molioo on Dec 13, 2013 8:26:00 AM


Did you know? Many animals hibernate through the winter to make the most out of scarce resources and survive the cold weather. While most people associate hibernating with bears, other small animals such as bats also hibernate through the winter months. Another misconception is that hibernating animals sleep solidly throughout their entire hibernation period. In some bat species, particularly in temperate-zone bats, hibernation occurs in cycles with periods of rest and periods of consciousness. This blog post will shed light onto the hidden world of the hibernating bats — how they survive even with very limited resources and how they endure the cold weather.

Bats and White-Nose Syndrome: How YOU Can Make a Difference

Posted by Tommy Molioo on Sep 11, 2013 8:54:00 AM


Did you know? White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has affected approximately 5.7 million bats since its discovery in 2006. WNS is caused by a fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans), that grows on the nose (and sometimes wings, ears, and tails) of hibernating bats. This relatively new disease is still unknown to many people. Increasing people’s awareness of WNS is the first step to combating the deadly disease that is running rampant throughout the eastern United States and Canada.  Read on to find out how YOU can make a difference to help protect nature’s furry little pest exterminators.

Sensitive Species Investigations: Are Bats Really Blind? (Part 2)

Posted by Tommy Molioo on Feb 21, 2013 10:32:00 AM


Sensitive Species Investigations: Are Bats Really Blind? (Part 1)

Posted by Tommy Molioo on Feb 15, 2013 8:30:00 AM


Did you know?  Bats are not blind. In fact, they see very well. However, their sense of hearing is so well developed and adapted for processing a large amount of data that they prefer to navigate with their ears. Just as humans process spatial data better with their eyes than with any other organ, bats are better adapted to determining their surroundings using their ears. It's a centuries-old myth that bats are blind, and hopefully this 2-part blog post will help change your mind.

Bats and Wind Energy Management - 3 Things You Should Know

Posted by Tommy Molioo on Dec 12, 2012 1:23:00 PM


Assessing the Environmental Impacts and Human Effects on Bats

Posted by Tommy Molioo on Aug 30, 2012 8:08:00 AM


Did you know? California is home to over 23 different species of bats; 17 of those species are found in Orange County, California!  Don’t know much about bats?  Read more to learn about their importance, their habitat, and what you should do if you encounter one.  I assure you, the more you learn about these amazing, furry little mammals, the more you will  love them – and want to protect them from poor environmental planning or negative environmental impacts.