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In a Manchester park, a little piece of planet-wide species extinction 
OCTOBER 7, 2021 | Concord Monitor

If studies of samples from Mexico confirm what is suspected, botanists will soon announce the official extinction of an inconspicuous plant with the inconspicuous name of smooth slender crabgrass that once lived only in Rock Rimmon Park.

1 In 3 Tree Species Face Extinction
SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 | Eurasia Review

One in three trees worldwide are facing extinction, with human use among the greatest threats, according to the first State of the World’s Trees report published by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).

New Maps Show U.S. Rivers With High Natural Values
AUGUST 23, 2021 | Pew Charitable Trusts

To help policymakers, elected officials, and other stakeholders in the U.S. make better-informed decisions, The Pew Charitable Trusts engaged NatureServe and Michigan State University to build national databases of watershed conditions and barriers that alter the natural flow of freshwater bodies.

Esri Science Symposium Recap: Biodiversity and Our Role in the Ecosystem
AUGUST 5, 2020 | ArcGIS Blog

Chief Scientist Dr. Healy Hamilton presented at the Esri Science Symposium, sharing stories from around the globe on why biodiversity is important and how spatial tools, including those developed by NatureServe, are essential for conservation.

Join us in the Cedar Glades State Natural Area for a VIP Tour
JULY 27, 2021 | Tennessee's WildSide

Scientists who specialize in the study of plants and animals find plenty of places in Tennessee to do their research. The unusual plants you can find in the Cedar Glades remind all of us how important it is to protect and preserve our natural resources.

Hampton cidery raises money for national van tour supporting biodiversity
JULY 17, 2021 | WTKR News

NatureServe’s CEO, Sean O' Brien is driving his van around the country and recently arrived in the 757. "We launched the cider to support NatureServe which is a conservation organization," said Doug Smith, the founder of Sly Clyde Ciderworks.

Ecological Van Tour Makes Stop In Albany's Pine Bush
JUNE 17, 2021 | WAMC Northeast Public Radio

The president of a data company called NatureServe, O’Brien is on the 11th stop of his tour of Natural Heritage Areas to learn about how local organizations are working to conserve natural areas, and to find ways they can better work together.

'Big data' helps direct preservation decisions
MAY 21, 2020 | Bay Journal

Synthesizing huge amounts of biodiversity data — NatureServe scientists processed nearly 100 million data exchanges in 2020 alone — allows decision makers to determine which places are most in need of saving, even if they don’t have an iconic species steering the way toward preservation.

Working Together to Save Plants
APRIL 29, 2021 | AP News

A new partnership between the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and NatureServe unites expertise in plant conservation and education. Together, the partners will tackle two critical areas of plant conservation while also educating the public about the growing risk of plant extinction.

Sleuthing to Save Plants
MARCH 7, 2021 | In Defense of Plants

Dr. Anne Frances joins the In Defense of Plants podcast to talk about all of the plant sleuthing she does as NatureServe's lead botanist. Her work has her investigating the status of everything from single sight endemics to crop wild relatives.

Learning From Our Mistakes: Equipping Nations to Meet Biological Diversity Goals
FEBRUARY 12, 2021 | EcoMagazine

NatureServe’s Director of Biodiversity Indicators Program, Mike Gill, collaborated with researchers from China and Germany to complete a pivotal study in the leading international journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, analyzing why the world continues to fall short in reaching its global biodiversity targets.

Earth's deadliest enemy: Zoonotic diseases that jump from animals to humans pose as big a threat to humanity as nuclear war or climate change, argues JOHN VIDAL
FEBRUARY 6, 2021 | DailyMail

‘Intensive farming increases the frequency of contact between humans and wildlife and exposes us to diseases never encountered before,’ says Sean O’Brien. ‘We are bringing together wildlife that would never naturally encounter each other in nature, creating bizarre links in a chain that can allow a disease to jump from one species to humans via another species.’

The Long Crisis That’s Too Easy to Ignore
DECEMBER 14, 2020 | GW Prime

"We will need to work together again to win the hearts and minds of Climate Change deniers; develop behavioral, economical, technological, and natural ways to reduce our carbon footprints; and respond to the human and natural tragedies facing us."

How passion, luck and sweat saved some of North America’s rarest plants
NOVEMBER 5, 2020 | ScienceNews

Focusing on U.S. and Canadian green heritage, NatureServe Network scientist Wes Knapp and colleagues declared in Conservation Biology that 58 plants are extinct in the wild, with no miracle rescues in gardens.

How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories
OCTOBER 16, 2020 | New York Times

“There’s a sense that we’ve got it down — that we know our flora and we know what’s extinct,” said Anne Frances, the lead botanist for NatureServe, which promotes wildlife conservation. That belief couldn’t be further from the truth, she said.

Promoting biodiversity conservation with open data and the cloud
AUGUST 31, 2020 | AWS Public Sector Blog

Lori Scott and Sean O’Brien share how NatureServe is using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and open data to promote biodiversity conservation.

On Coronavirus And Climate Change
JULY 17, 2020 | Forbes

The global impact of COVID-19 is teaching us something scientists have known for centuries. “We are part of the biodiversity of this planet. And it's an integrated system. We know that now, right?” says Sean O’ Brien, NatureServe president and CEO. “We do not stand apart from the rest of the biota and the rest of the chemistry and physics of the planet.”

Using spatial data to protect ecosystem
JULY 9, 2020 | Geospatial World

Focusing on U.S. and Canadian green heritage, NatureServe Network scientist Wes Knapp and colleagues declared in Conservation Biology that 58 plants are extinct in the wild, with no miracle rescues in gardens.

In Minnesota, A Thirty-Year Biological Survey Nears Completion
JUNE 19, 2020 | Belt Magazine

“If you go back to the Seventies, when the Endangered Species Act was passed, the government didn’t really put into place a system of collecting and evaluating data to see what’s on the list,” O’Brien said. “NatureServe essentially fulfills that role.”

Open data is the future: Sean T. O’Brien, President and CEO, NatureServe
MAY 20, 2020 | Geospatial World

"We know the expertise and technology exist to drastically change the way we coexist with nature. Eventually, corporations and governments with deep resources in technology will have to answer to their customers, constituents and citizens to create scalable change."

NatureServe Releases the Map of Biodiversity Importance, a Map Collection Supported by Esri and Microsoft
MAY 1, 2020 | ArcWatch

To make that data even more useful for users who make critical conservation and land–use decisions, NatureServe just launched the Map of Biodiversity Importance, developed with help from the NatureServe Network programs, Esri, Microsoft, and The Nature Conservancy.

Microsoft is building a ‘Planetary Computer’ to protect biodiversity
APRIL 16, 2020 | GreenBiz

"We can see the locations that matter the most for biodiversity," said Dawn Wright, chief scientist at Esri, noting that 90 percent of Americans live within 30 miles of an area of high biodiversity importance. And using maps such as the one created by NatureServe, the public and private sector can consider the concept of "geodesign" — where nature is a stakeholder — in future projects.

How using biodiversity indicators can improve conservation effectiveness
MARCH 2, 2020 | GreenBiz

“If you go back to the Seventies, when the Endangered Species Act was passed, the government didn’t really put into place a system of collecting and evaluating data to see what’s on the list,” O’Brien said. “NatureServe essentially fulfills that role.”

Conservation in the Era of Data and Analytics
FEBRUARY 05, 2020 | Esri & the Science of Where Podcast

Conservation organizations are using location technology to better understand and help protect the world’s most vulnerable species and habitats. Hear Sean O’ Brien, NatureServe president and CEO, discuss the importance and abundance of data and analytics in driving decision-making in large-scale conservation efforts.