EBAR Maps


This page provides access to PDF and Geospatial Data Package files for NatureServe Canada Ecosystem-based Automated Ranges (EBAR). The list and links to the published range maps are provided further below.

For background information regarding the EBAR project please click HERE.

EBAR map production methods are detailed in this document.

When using EBAR it is important to remember that range data:

  • Represent the geographic extent where a species may occur
  • Are relatively coarse scale
  • Are appropriate for screening and education purposes, but are not intended for all types of applications and analyses
  • Will represent the distribution of some species better than others

The long-term goal of the NatureServe Canada EBAR project is to offer our clients a suite of spatial products, so that clients can pick and choose information that works best for them depending on the intended uses, and life history of the species in question.

Many programs in the NatureServe Network release finer scale Element Occurrence data, and we plan to produce finer-scale Habitat Suitability Models (HSMs) after the EBAR project is fully implemented.

EBAR species ranges will be published in batches as they are finalized. Please check this webpage regularly for new species ranges. Species ranges are available in PDF format or as a geospatial data package with associated metadata. We are working to make them available through additional public websites (e.g. NatureServe Explorer 2.0, ArcGIS Online, and DataBasin).

Please note EBAR species ranges have not been reviewed and/or endorsed by all NatureServe Network Programs.

EBAR species ranges are free of charge and released under CC by 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

You can access the Python, R and JavaScript code used to develop EBAR and the EBAR Reviewer on GitHub (https://github.com/NatureServe-Canada).

If you would like to use EBAR species ranges in a project or products, please use the following citation:

Multiple species:
NatureServe Canada. 2020. Ecosystem-based Automated Range (EBAR). Ottawa, Canada. Retrieved on [insert date] from [insert url]

Single species:
NatureServe Canada. 2020. Ecosystem-based Automated Range (EBAR) for [insert species name, version, stage, and scope]. Ottawa, Canada. Retrieved on [insert date] from [insert url]

We are seeking partners and funding to develop species ranges based on alternative base linework mosaics (e.g. marine or watershed polygons to produce ranges for aquatic species). Please reach out to the NatureServe Canada EBAR team if you would like to discuss project partnerships and funding opportunities.

For questions, feedback, and technical support please contact the team at EBAR-KBA@natureserve.ca.

EBAR species ranges were produced at different geographic scales defined in the Range Scope:

  1. National: only includes ecoshapes for the species in Canada, although it is known to occur outside of Canada
  2. North American: only includes ecoshapes for the species in North America (Canada, the US and Mexico), although it is known to occur outside of North America (e.g. Europe or Asia)
  3. Global: includes all the known ecoshapes for the species in the world