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?