NatureServe projects in Canada, the U.S., and Latin America
NatureServe maintains a unique “multi–local” presence that provides an unparalleled base of knowledge, expertise, and on–the–ground capacity for collecting and analyzing biodiversity conservation information regarding the Western Hemisphere’s plants, animals, and ecosystems. Our projects range throughout the Americas working with partners from all sectors and at all scales from local to international. See below our highlighted projects or see our project pages for the United States, Canada, and Latin America and the Carribbean.
Projects in the United States
NatureServe is carrying out numerous projects in the United States designed to increase our understanding of species and ecosystems and to apply this knowledge to important conservation issues.
- Mobile Observations System
- With support from the National Science Foundation, a NatureServe–led team is developing a Mobile Observations System to gather, collect, manage, and share up–to–date information on plants, animals, and habitats more efficiently... Read more.
- 2009 IUCN Red List Highlights Continued Extinction Threat
- Gland, Switzerland, 3 November, 2009 (IUCN)—The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species shows that 17,291 species out of the 47,677 assessed species are threatened with extinction... Read more.
- NPS National Capital Region Web Guide to Natural Communities
- NatureServe has worked closely with the National Park Service (NPS) for many years to classify, describe, and map the natural communities in national park units across the country... Read more.
Projects in Canada
NatureServe and our partner organization, NatureServe Canada, are carrying out a number of projects designed to increase understanding of Canadian species and ecosystems and to apply this knowledge to important conservation issues. For a full listing of our Canadian projects see our Projects Canada page.
- Canadian National Vegetation Classification
- NatureServe Canada is working with the Canadian Forest Service, the Parks Canada Agency, and other partners to develop the first phase of a Canadian National Vegetation Classification... Read more.
- Report on Status of Canadian Species
- NatureServe Canada published a new species assessment report, Our Home and Native Land: Canadian Species of Global Conservation Concern, in September 2005. The report examines 5,685 native species... Read more.
- As a collaborator in GeoConnections, a national partnership to deliver geospatial information from many sources over the Internet, NatureServe Canada is working to improve the accessibility of biodiversity data held by Canadian conservation data centres. Read more.
Projects in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean harbor a tremendous diversity of plant and animal life, yet conservation efforts in the region are often hampered by a lack of reliable biological and ecological information. NatureServe works to protect biological diversity in Latin America and the Caribbean by promoting the development and use of scientific information and technologies relevant to the region’s pressing conservation needs and limited resources.
- Changes in Mangrove Habitat in Baja California Sur from 1986 to 2001
- The Gulf of California, with its 3,000-kilometer coastline, is famed as a world center for marine biodiversity. The gulf’s rich waters and coastal wetlands support large concentrations of fish, birds, and marine mammals... Read more.
- Andes Amazon Mapping of Ecological Systems and Areas of Endemism
- With support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, NatureServe is conducting a two-year mapping and modeling project in Peru and Bolivia. The study area encompasses the eastern slope of the Andes and lowland areas in the Amazon Basin... Read more.
- Global Amphibian Assessment
- The Global Amphibian Assessment (GAA), the first-ever comprehensive status assessment of the world’s 5,918 known amphibian species, is an important contribution to the IUCN Red List Programme... Read more.