About Us

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 provides scientific information about Canada’s species and ecosystems to help guide effective conservation action and natural resource management. A part of the international NatureServe network, it is a leading source for reliable information and analysis on the distribution and conservation status of Canada’s plants, animals, and ecological communities. NatureServe Canada works in close partnership with key federal and provincial agencies as well as international and multi-lateral initiatives concerned with environmental protection.

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 nation’s rich natural heritage. The scientific information about species and ecosystems developed by NatureServe Canada is used by all sectors of society—conservation groups, government agencies, corporations, academia, and the public—to make informed decisions about managing our natural resources.

Organizational Structure

NatureServe Canada is a network of eight independent conservation data centres (CDCs) covering all provinces and territories except Quebec and Nunavut. 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 programs. 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 natural heritage programs in the United States and 11 data centres in Latin America. 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.


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Your support enables NatureServe Canada and its network of independent conservation data centres to fulfill its mission as a leader in providing scientific information, tools and expertise to help guide effective conservation action.

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