NatureServe Data, Maps & Tools


The NatureServe Data, Maps & Tools collection is the place to find the data on the status and location of species and ecosystems, tools that support data use and analysis, and scientific and technical expertise. The data manitained by the NatureServe Network on species and ecosystems have the ability to generate custom datasets in a variety of scales, formats, and in combination with other data to inform conservation action. The maps include terrestrial ecological systems, various wildlife species by watershed, various wildlife species of the Western Hemisphere, distribution of pollinators, and many more interesting conservation combinations. The data sets include locality of various species, distribution of North American species, and custom requests. The tools include decisions support frameworks, calculators, data management, template libraries, collaboration applications, and environmental review.

The NatureServe Network includes Canada, the United States, and Latin America. Over 80 network programs and thousands of conservation professionals are involved with the available resources.

What Is It?

Rapid changes are threatening many parts of our planet and the life that depends on it, and NatureServe fills the role of tracking how all these pieces are doing and works to fight the decline in biodiversity. To accomplish this, NatureServe brings together current scientific information for conservation decisions and subsequent actions. Its network allows everyone to be better stewards of our public lands and sustain biodiversity by having access to comprehensive information and data. The resources and tools presented in NatureServe are collected from over 80 programs and are decision-quality data sets about ecosystems and their imperiled species, visualization tools, and suuport guides to provide meaningful expert analyses and implement action. The questions that guide work done in association with NatureServe are:

  • Which species and ecosystems exist?
  • Where are they found?
  • How are they doing?
  • What actions will help, and are the actions working?

Related Methods

Case study research is used to conduct an in-depth investigation of an issue at a specific instance and location.
Comparative research looks at two or more similar groups, individuals, or conditions by comparing them. This comparison often focuses on a few specific characteristics. This method can also be used to compare the same group, condition, or individual over time (also called longitudinal comparison). Comparisons may be qualitative or quantitative.
Observation is an information-gathering technique based on personal or recorded observation through systematic documentation of visible social activity and behavior.
Use of data that was collected by individuals other than the investigator. This includes newspapers, census data, maps, etc. Secondary data analysis is often a starting point for other social science research methods.