Many birdwatchers and ornithologists consider it a rare treat to spot black rails (Laterallus jamaicensis) in the wild—not because of distinctive or eye-catching physical characteristics, but because these tiny birds are so reclusive that they regularly evade even the most experienced birders.
NatureServe’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Healy Hamilton, was honored this week with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Conservation Leadership Award for her instrumental leadership illustrating the conservation value of forest lands. Dr. Hamilton was presented with the award at SFI’s annual conference, which was aptly titled “Forests of Opportunity.”
GEO BON announced the establishment of a new partnership between 200+ organizations in 23 countries across North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. NatureServe, already a premiere BON member, will coordinate the new Americas Biodiversity Observation Network.
NatureServe unveiled landmark new tool, the Map of Biodiversity Importance, in front of thousands of people at the Esri User Conference in San Diego, CA. This high-resolution map is the first of its kind, bringing together machine learning, expert scientists, and decades of biodiversity data from our Network to create a guide to where our nation's most imperiled species exist, and where conservation action is needed most.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the release of the Regional Coastal Resilience Assessment and the creation of a new analytical tool that can identify areas where conservation projects would best protect human communities and improve habitat for wildlife.
Invasive species are a major threat to biodiversity, second only to habitat destruction. Almost half of all imperiled species in the United States are endangered because of the impact of invasive species.
A study coauthored by NatureServe’s Miguel Fernandez has established a new framework for monitoring changes in species’ populations and distribution and thereby assisting efforts to conserve the world’s biodiversity.