In a newly published study, NatureServe teamed up with the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, New York Natural Heritage Program, and Carleton University to assess the conservation status of flower flies in Northeastern North America.
NatureServe co-authored a commentary in Nature Ecology and Evolution on the need for a Global Biodiversity Observing System, reflecting our ongoing and previous contributions to the Group on Earth Observations - Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON).
In a newly published study, scientists identified 1,322 river segments that contain riverscour in Eastern Unglaciated North America. The authors defined riverscour as unique and diverse habitats found along rocky, stable river zones that resemble grasslands, wetlands, and floodplains.
This study provides type information and synonymy for North American species of Trillium and notes on the distribution and character variation for some species. This classification will aid ongoing genetic analysis and potential future species descriptions, ensuring adherence to the fundamental rule of species naming.
This new analysis by NatureServe addresses five essential questions about biodiversity–the variety of life on Earth–that need to be answered if we are going to effectively conserve nature: 1) How many species and ecosystems are at risk? 2) Are species and ecosystems adequately protected? 3) What are the major threats to biodiversity? 4) Where is imperiled biodiversity concentrated? 5) Where do we go from here?
This new study, led by Tel Aviv University, reflects on the first comprehensive global assessment for reptiles released just last year by NatureServe, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Conservation International. The authors make recommendations for how to move reptile conservation forward.
After 15 years of research, one year of data analysis, and one year in review, the results of the Global Reptile Assessment were published in the journal Nature. The study, conducted in collaboration with IUCN, Conservation International, and with contributions from over 900 scientists, found that 21% of reptiles worldwide are threatened with extinction.
Genetic diversity among and within populations of all species is necessary for people and the planet to survive in a changing world. This perspective article comments on how CBD goals and targets have evolved, what improvements are still needed, lessons learned from this process, and connections between goals and targets and the actions and reporting that will be needed to maintain, protect, manage and monitor genetic diversity.
The authors of this study assessed the efficacy of the SFI FSS as a conservation tool for biodiversity management in the SE United States through the implementation of forestry best management practices over space and time. They found these practices are successfully being implemented in a region of high biodiversity with numerous imperiled species.