County and Watershed Distributions on NatureServe Explorer
Explorer, our searchable database that offers detailed information on more
than 50,000 plants, animals, and ecological communities of the United States
and Canada, now provides county and watershed distributions for more than 5,000
at-risk U.S. species.
The colorful distribution maps already found on NatureServe
Explorer show where each species occurs and its conservation status in each
state and province. Explorer also details the life history and habitat requirements
of thousands of species, the threats they face, and management strategies for
their protection. And now, thanks to funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Explorer provides county and watershed distributions for at-risk U.S.
speciesinformation never previously available online. To access the new
a species from within Explorer, then view the Comprehensive Report.
County and watershed distributions are provided in tabular
form for all plants and animals listed under the Endangered Species Act and
for all U.S. species ranked by NatureServe as critically imperiled or imperiled.
These data are based on the more than one-half million detailed population records
maintained by NatureServe's natural heritage member programs. NatureServe is
seeking additional funding to provide the distribution data through an Internet
map server that can be directly queried and downloaded.
Yellowfin madtom (Noturus flavipinnis). This critically imperiled
species is found in Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. Photo © Noel Burkhead.
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