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NatureServe Surveyor

Knowing what resides within the boundaries of a project area is a critical first step in any planning activity. Leveraging the best-available species data from across the United States and Canada, NatureServe Surveyor allows you to screen for the known presence of threatened and imperiled plants and animals in the earliest stages of your planning, due diligence, project selection, assessment, and review processes.

Who Uses Surveyor?

NatureServe Surveyor can improve efficiency and streamline documentation of any project with a substantial environmental footprint. This innovative web application allows planners, foresters, resource managers, environmental consultants, and developers to determine whether known populations of at-risk species intersect with where they are working across the United States and Canada.

NatureServe Surveyor is an innovative, easy-to-use web application that allows you to:

  • Discover which at-risk plants and animals are present within your county, watershed, ecosystem, or your own defined planning area
  • Draw or upload a custom shape and determine if it contains known occurrences of species with legally protected status under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) or Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA)
  • Tap the best source for local information and expertise about at-risk plants and animals
  • Get results for more than one jurisdiction from a single source (even with a single query!)

How It Works

NatureServe Surveyor compares an area you select on the interactive map against our network’s federated data and tells you whether an at-risk species is known to occur in that area. Each survey returns its own report that you can include in your project documents.

The size of your project area determines the amount of information your survey returns—the larger the area, the more detailed the information you’ll obtain about the plants and animals known within it.

Surveyor provides this data on a subscription basis. You choose how many surveys you need for your organization or project. You can also access NatureServe Surveyor as a web service, seamlessly integrating survey results into your own applications.

Your survey report also provides information about the stewards of the data—the member program staff of the NatureServe network, who collect and maintain the data that underpin your survey—so you can follow up with local experts to learn more.

Breakdown of Survey Levels

Surveyor offers a variety of surveys based on different levels of resolution.