Internet-based Biodiversity Database Workshop April 24 - 27, 2000


NatureServe: Serving Conservation Science Information Needs

Leslie Honey

Member of NatureServe Project Team, Association for Biodiversity Information

Conservation decision-makers now have access to the most comprehensive and authoritative source of data about North America'' species and ecological communities. The Association for Biodiversity Information (ABI), in partnership with the Natural Heritage Network, has aggregated into a single dataset key biological and conservation data for more than 50,000 plants, animals, and ecological communities of the United States and Canada. These data will soon be available to the public free of charge via NatureServe, an unprecedented on-line source for Natural Heritage data.

Scientific names, common names, and conservation status assessments are included for all species. For rare or threatened species, a wealth of additional information is provided. Users can find species and ecological community names, descriptions, conservation statuses, management practices, locations by state, county and watershed, distribution, and other rangewide data.