Researchers from partnering institutions developed an updated checklist of all 890 tree species native to the contiguous U.S., and a replicable assessment data sharing process to guide future updates. The authors report that approximately 11-16% of tree species in the U.S. are threatened with extinction, with the greatest threats being invasive pests and diseases.
A new study led by NatureServe and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research found that only 5% of distinct ecosystem types in the Tropical Andes, the most biodiverse place on Earth, are adequately protected. The report also finds that 31% of ecosystem types could count toward 30 by 30 goals if Key Biodiversity Areas in the region are protected.
Conservation efforts for other animals have likely helped protect many reptile species, according to a new study led by NatureServe, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Conservation International. The study, published in the journal Nature, presents an analysis of the first comprehensive extinction risk assessment for reptiles on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which found that at least 21% of all reptile species globally are threatened with extinction.
For nearly 50 years, NatureServe has been the authoritative source for biodiversity data throughout North America. This Earth Month its President and CEO, Dr. Sean T. O’Brien, is showing the world why this matters by highlighting efforts to conserve endangered species across the continent.
Among North American wildflowers, few are as beloved and culturally relevant as Trilliums. A new report led by the ABQ BioPark, NatureServe, and Mt. Cuba Center, found that 32% of all North American Trillium species or varieties are threatened with extinction.
A study led by NatureServe with partners from Esri, The Nature Conservancy, and the NatureServe Network offers an unprecedented, fine-scale map of the places that matter most for sustaining our nation’s biodiversity. The findings can be used to make conservation efforts more effective and to reduce conflict with other land uses.
As Ghana weighs the economic benefits of mining bauxite for aluminum, multi-billion-dollar global companies respond to the community groups calling for the protection of key biodiversity area, Atewa Forest.
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.
America the Beautiful is a locally-led and voluntary nationwide conservation goal to conserve 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. NatureServe data are fundamental to any science-based effort to expand effective conservation in our country.