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.
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 absence of data in any geographic areas does not necessarily mean that a species is not present
- An ecoshape with a presence value does not necessarily mean that a species is present throughout the entire geographic area
The long-term goal of NatureServe Canada is to offer a suite of spatial products, so that users 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.
Please note EBAR species ranges have not been reviewed and/or endorsed by all NatureServe Network Programs.
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. EBAR species ranges are also available through NatureServe Explorer 2.0 (under the Distribution section), our Esri online app and Esri Living Atlas.
EBAR species ranges are free of charge and released under CC BY 4.0.
If you would like to use EBAR species ranges in a project or products, please use the following citations:
NatureServe Canada. 2020. Ecosystem-based Automated Range (EBAR). Ottawa, Canada. Retrieved on [insert date] from [insert url]
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/or funding opportunities.
For questions, feedback, and technical support please contact the team at EBAR-KBA@natureserve.ca.
EBAR species ranges are produced at different geographic scales defined in the Range Scope:
- Canadian: only includes ecoshapes for the species in Canada, although it is known to occur outside of Canada
- 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)
- Global: includes all the known ecoshapes for the species in the world
EBAR species ranges have different levels of review. Please only use the categories appropriate for your application or analysis. Only Expert Reviewed species ranges are available as geospatial data packages and through NatureServe Explorer 2.0, Esri online app and Esri Living Atlas. Please contact the EBAR team if you would like access to geospatial data for Low Star Rating, Partially Reviewed or Insufficient Data species ranges.
- Expert Reviewed: this species range category was expert reviewed and provided a star rating of 4 or 5 indicating the range accurately reflects the known range of the species in the range scope.
- Low Star Rating: this species range category was expert reviewed and provided a star rating below 4 indicating the range does not accurately reflect the known range of the species in the range scope. Please contact the EBAR team if you have additional data for these species.
- Partially Reviewed: this species range category was only expert reviewed for a portion of its known distribution. The jurisdictions reviewed are listed in the metadata. Please contact the EBAR team if you are interested in reviewing the species range through our online app.
- Insufficient Data: this species range category was expert reviewed and indicated that there is not enough data available to create an accurate range (e.g., the range is based on a single type specimen, or additional surveys are needed). Please contact the EBAR team if you have additional data for these species.
You can bulk download EBAR species ranges by category and taxa group (expert reviewed only) or by individual species (includes all levels of review).