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For nearly 50 years, NatureServe has been the authoritative source for biodiversity data throughout North America. We work with 60+ network organizations and 1,000+ conservation scientists to collect, analyze, and deliver biodiversity knowledge that informs conversation action.

Mission and Vision

We leverage the power of science, data, and technology to guide biodiversity conservation and stewardship.

NatureServe envisions a world in which the best available data and science inform conservation and stewardship decisions so that biodiversity thrives.

As an apolitical non-profit conservation science and technology organization, NatureServe serves all who need high-quality scientific knowledge about biodiversity. We assemble robust data on species and ecosystem locations and conditions collected by the NatureServe Network and other partners and data sources. Our scientists turn those data into maps, models, and metrics that document and predict distributions, evaluate threats, assess extinction risks, document trends, and identify priority conservation areas. Using cloud technology, integrated applications, and compelling visualizations, we deliver the expert knowledge needed to maintain species diversity and sustain healthy ecosystems. We adhere to an ethic of reducing conflict in conservation by working with environmental groups, governments, scientists, the public, and industry. We believe that by engaging early and with sound science we can achieve the best outcomes for biodiversity.

Who's Who

Leadership

Board of Directors

The Power of a Network

NatureServe is the hub of a large, impactful, and consequential Network of over 60 governmental and non-governmental programs located in the United States and Canada. Each day, Network Programs and their staff work to protect and conserve the plants, animals, and ecosystems in their jurisdictions.

NatureServe's Global Footprint.

Photo by Nicolas Raymond.

NatureServe in Action

As rapid changes threaten our planet and all life that depends on it, someone must keep their finger on the pulse of the planet and its plants and animals whose future depends on conservation action. The NatureServe Network fills this role. We are on the front lines of halting the decline of biodiversity, with our focus on the prevention of species and ecosystem declines and the conservation of vulnerable species and the places most at risk of disappearing.

Our Impact

We are on the front lines of halting the decline of biodiversity, with our focus on the prevention of species and ecosystem declines and the conservation of vulnerable species and the places most at risk of disappearing.

Photo by Will Parson, Chesapeake Bay Program.
Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina). NatureServe Global Status: Vulnerable Subspecies (T3). Photo by Frank D. Lospalluto.

Our Global Footprint

To protect threatened biodiversity, NatureServe works with over 1,000 conservation scientists to collect, aggregate, and standardize biodiversity information, providing comprehensive data and expertise to land use decision-makers for strategic conservation efforts.

50 Years of Conservation

NatureServe carries on a legacy of conservation work that began when The Nature Conservancy helped to establish the first state natural heritage program in 1974. Over the next two decades, The Nature Conservancy and a collection of public and private partners built a network of natural heritage programs in the United States to collect and manage data about the status and distribution of species and ecosystems of conservation concern.

Yellow bumble bee (Bombus fervidus). NatureServe Global Status: Vulnerable (G3). Photo by BumbleBCons.

Annual Reports

More from NatureServe

Learn how the NatureServe Network is protecting our precious animals, plants, and ecosystems.

Awards

Each year NatureServe recognizes significant achievements in biodiversity conservation. We currently present two awards: the NatureServe Conservation Award and the Network Awards.

Testimonials & Accomplishments

For more than 50 years, leading conservationists and decision-makers have turned to the NatureServe Network as the most reliable source for biodiversity data and expertise.