About NatureServe Canada


Canada, the world’s second-largest nation, is home to an extraordinary collection of landscapes and wildlife. Spanning the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans, Canada has the world’s longest coastline and is home to more than 70,000 wild species. Identifying, mapping, and understanding the biodiversity of this vast landscape is an extraordinary challenge—and an essential one for Canada to protect its natural heritage.

NatureServe Canada is a registered charity that functions as a network of provincial and territorial Conservation Data Centres (CDCs) to develop, manage and distribute authoritative information critical to the conservation of Canada’s biodiversity. Data held by NatureServe Canada are widely used by federal and provincial agencies, private industry, researchers and conservation organizations to improve the management, use and conservation of biological resources in Canada.

NatureServe Canada also represents Canadian CDCs within the broader international NatureServe Network of similar centres throughout the western hemisphere. By operating as a network, NatureServe, NatureServe Canada and the CDCs are able to provide consistent and high-quality ecological information and services at a geographic scale beyond the jurisdiction of individual members.

Our mission is to be the authoritative source for accessible, current, and reliable information on the distribution and abundance of Canada’s biological diversity. Through these efforts, we aim to improve decision-making about natural resources and to serve the public by increasing awareness among Canadians of the importance of protecting our nation’s rich natural heritage.

Member CDCs of the NatureServe Canada Network employ the international NatureServe Natural Heritage Methodology ensuring our biological data is collected, assessed, and managed in a consistent manner and permitting cross-border analyses of our data throughout the Western hemisphere.

Please visit the NatureServe Canada and NatureServe web pages accessed through this website.  Web pages that have information uniquely related to NatureServe Canada are identified by the NatureServe Canada logo. 

Organizational Structure

NatureServe Canada is a network of nine independent conservation data centres (CDCs) covering all provinces and territories except Quebec. It was established as a national not-for-profit conservation organization in 1999 and is governed by a Board of Directors representing each of its member program CDCs. NatureServe Canada is the national affiliate of NatureServe, an international non-governmental organization based in Arlington, Virginia ( U.S.). In addition to the Canadian programs, the NatureServe Network includes 53 CDCs in the United States, 11 CDCs in Latin America and the province of Québec. NatureServe and NatureServe Canada together provide the CDCs with scientific and technical support and facilitate national and international data exchanges, enabling the network to provide information from local to global scales.

Join Us

The NatureServe Canada Network is made up members including federal, provincial, and territorial governments, and environmental non-governmental organizations.  Does your organization collect or manage important data related to Canadian species or ecological communities of conservation concern?  Please contact us to discuss partnership and/or membership opportunities.

Support Us

The funding support of federal, provincial and territorial governments, foundations, corporations, and individuals enables NatureServe Canada and its network of independent CDCs to fulfill its mission as a leader in providing scientific information, tools and expertise to help guide effective conservation action. Your contributions allow the network to implement innovative multi-jurisdiction projects that would not other wise be supported by individual jurisdictions. Thank you for your support!