Newsroom > Digital Range Maps for Birds and Mammals Available
Partnership Produces First-of-its-Kind Resource
NatureServe and a consortium of partners have produced a first-of-its-kind
conservation resource: a compilation of range maps, in digital format, for all
of the birds and mammals of the Western Hemisphere. From sharp-shinned hawk
to short-eared bat, this extraordinary library includes individual maps for
4,336 birds and 1,712 mammals-common and imperiled species alike. The digital
maps cover species found in Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United
States. They can be viewed on InfoNatura,
NatureServe's online source for conservation information on Latin American animals,
and on NatureServe
Explorer, our online database on North American species.
The maps include valuable conservation information. The bird maps, for example, indicate migratory or resident status, historic versus current ranges, and native or introduced status. Detailed migratory status data show where birds are permanent residents, breeding residents, non-breeding residents, or passage migrants. Range data come from published sources as well as previously unpublished data from leading researchers, including noted ornithologists Robert Ridgely and James Zook and mammalogist Dr. Bruce Patterson.
The three-year project brought together data and scientific expertise from a consortium of groups, including NatureServe, the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund-US, and Environment Canada-Wildspace. Although range maps have long been found in printed field guides, the new effort brings conservation into the 21st century by making a complete set available in digital format for the first time.
Researchers can download ArcView files, organized by taxonomic
family, of both the bird range maps and
the mammal range maps.