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Each survey will generate a report indicating the known presence of any at-risk species in your area of interest. The degree of detail in the report—Detailed, General, or Known—depends on the size of your survey area: the larger the area of interest, the greater the detail in the information returned.

When you submit a survey area, Surveyor extracts from our database a list of all Element Occurrences (“EOs”) that intersect with the supplied parameter (such as a county) or with the boundary of the polygon you input, and may include some EOs that have only a small amount of overlap and/or have low mapping accuracy.

All Reports

All Surveyor reports provide:

  • the name of the subscription
  • date and time the survey was run
  • type of survey area used and specifics about the area (e.g., county name, coordinates of polygon, etc.)
  • a statement whether the survey included any excluded areas (e.g., certain military and tribal lands, or other large areas where we are complying with landowner privacy requests)
  • general information about using the report, including the recommended citation

All reports that indicate records exist in your area also identify the Data Steward (with links to contact information), so you can readily pursue the data further.

If no element occurrences in our database intersect with your survey area, Surveyor will return a “no known EOs” response; this still counts as a survey against your subscription. In these cases, it’s important to remember that the absence of data in any particular geographic area does not necessarily mean that at-risk species are not present. We urge you to contact the local data steward(s) for site-specific reviews of the project area.

Important: Be sure to print your report to save your results; once you close the report window, you cannot reaccess that survey.

Detailed

Size of survey area: at least 36 km2 (13.9 square miles)

You’ll automatically get a detailed report for any surveys of U.S. Counties or U.S. Watersheds, no matter the size of the unit.

Report content:

  • each species’ scientific name, common name, and major taxonomic group
  • NatureServe Conservation Status
  • legal status (if any)
  • data about the EO(s)—last observed date, population viability, whether or not the record is “fuzzed,” and the Data Steward for that record
     

General

Size of survey area: less than 36 km2 (13.9 sq mi), but at least 10 km2 (3.86 sq mi)

Report content:

  • each species identified only by major taxonomic group (e.g., if there are three bird species EOs in your survey area, “Birds” will appear three times in the report)
  • NatureServe Conservation Status
  • legal status (if any)
  • whether or not the data are “fuzzed
  • the Data Steward for that record

The major taxonomic groups include: Flowering Plants, Conifers and Relatives, Ferns and Relatives, Birds, Mammals, Lizards/Snakes/Turtles/Crocodilians (traditionally referred to as “Reptiles” but separated by taxonomists in recognition of the close relationship between crocodiles and birds), Amphibians, Freshwater and Anadromous Fishes, Freshwater Mussels, Butterflies and Skippers, and Dragonflies and Damselflies.
 

Known

Size of survey area: less than 10 km2 (3.86 sq mi), but at least 2.6 km2 (1 sq mi)

Report content:

  • whether or not at least one at-risk species is known to be present in the survey area
  • whether or not the data are “fuzzed
  • the Data Steward for that record(s)