NatureServe manages the most comprehensive database of scientific information about rare and threatened plants, animals, and ecosystems in the United States and Canada. This detailed resource tracks more 900,000 mapped locations of at-risk species and provides extensive information on more than 66,400 species and almost 6,700 habitats.
The data come from a network of member programs operating throughout most of the Western Hemisphere. Biologists in these programs collect, analyze, and distribute detailed, objective scientific information about the biodiversity found within their jurisdictions, focusing on at-risk species and ecosystems. The information relies on rigorous scientific methods and quality control developed collaboratively through more than 35 years of field inventory, data collection, and analysis of species and ecosystems.
NatureServe represents this network, helps to guide the development of standards for it, aggregates and integrates the member program data into unified datasets, and develops information about species from a range-wide context, across political boundaries. NatureServe also develops tools (like NatureServe Surveyor!) and services to enable conservationists, resource managers, policy-makers, and more to use the information effectively.
What you get from NatureServe Surveyor isn’t just raw observational data, but meaningful, useable information about the location and condition of at-risk species. This is why Surveyor users are required to complete at least our Basic Data User Training, to ensure they understand what the information means and how to use it. Some key aspects about the data to understand when using Surveyor are:
- Geographic coverage: where and how much
- Element occurrences: data records
- Conservation status: legal and otherwise
You can also explore some of our other websites to view detailed records on species and ecosystems at NatureServe Explorer, find out more about the NatureServe network and our methodology, and take a more in-depth tutorial about our data.