From massive whales to diminutive pupfish, native species in the United States and Canada are more imperiled than ever before. This map features a vertebrate animal for each U.S. state and Canadian province that is particularly at risk to disappearing from that state or province.
NatureServe's 2018 Annual Report
2018 was a year of great growth for NatureServe and the network. In addition to a new CEO and Board Chair, we welcomed eight new member programs from Latin America into the network. Communication between network programs was strengthened at regional heritage conferences across the country, including members from Canada. Beyond network’s important work collecting and sharing data on species and ecosystems, we authored groundbreaking papers in biodiversity, harnessed and advanced new technologies, and created methods that make habitat monitoring easier and more accurate than ever before.
This year, in addition to highlighting the amazing work of the NatureServe network, we also wanted to recognize some of the at-risk species in the U.S. and Canada that our network serves to protect. Our illustrated map (above) features a vertebrate animal species for every state and province that is threatened due to climate change, habitat loss or fragmentation, or other human activities.
You can read our Annual Report and explore the map in detail by clicking the links below. You can also scroll further down to see some of the biggest stories from the report, and learn more about the animals on the map through species spotlights.
Every species has a story to tell. Learn more about each one of the species on our Species at Risk map, including its life history, threats to its survival, and outlook for the future. Check back regularly for new features!
A new study led by scientists from NatureServe member programs assessing the state of forests in the Americas found that even in areas as remote as the Amazon, little forest remains unthreatened by human activity—but there is still a short window of time remaining to change the fate of the forests we rely on.
A letter from our President & CEO, Sean O'Brien, and the Chair of the Board of Directors, James Brumm, where they detail our growth in the past year and the exciting direction for NatureServe's future.
In 2018, our staff co-authored more than 20 significant scientific publications that examine and address issues related to conservation as well as species and their habitats.