NatureServe's member programsa hemisphere-wide network
of natural heritage programs and conservation data centersconduct expert
local biodiversity inventories and analyze the results within a national and
international context. The 800-plus staff from across the network include some
of the most knowledgeable biologists in their respective fields and are renowned
as local and regional experts.
Each year, the programs conduct field surveys for rare plants and animals and
other species of conservation concern, sensitive habitats, and other outstanding
features. They also perform viability assessments for species and populations.
Inventory results dating back to the 1970s are tracked in sophisticated biodiversity
databases. Places of special significance are targeted on a project-by-project
basis. The results can be reported in a variety of forms-in database files,
maps, GIS layers, and published papers.
Natural heritage biologists discover hundreds of new populations of at-risk
species annually, adding to our knowledge of our natural world. Often, natural
heritage inventories can determine that a species is not as rare as previously
thought, thus helping to guide effective allocation of scarce conservation resources.
For projects within a single state or province, contact the
local member program. Contact information can be found using the network directory
under Visit Local Programs.