User Guide

NatureServe Surveyor is an easy-to-use tool that answers a simple question: “What at-risk species are known to be in an area I’m interested in?” But the underlying data and systems are sophisticated and complex, the result of nearly 40 years of applied biodiversity science and database development.

This User Guide walks you through the various steps and tools involved in getting the most out of NatureServe Surveyor. Use the links at the bottom of each page to browse the guide like a book, or jump around using the usual website navigation.

  • Check out the FAQ, too, where you can submit questions you don’t find the answers to elsewhere on the site.
  • Take our advanced “Data Licensee Tutorial” for a more in-depth look at the methodology behind the data.