Adopt-a-Species


From the celebrated species—birds, bears, and butterflies—to the obscure—mosses, mussels, and minnows—NatureServe knows where they are found, why they are threatened, and what they need to survive. We believe this invaluable information should be freely available to the public, however, as a nonprofit NatureServe relies on donations from those who champion biodiversity to do so.

Starting this Fall, you can become a biodiversity champion and adopt a native plant or animal! In addition to being recognized on your chosen species' page on NatureServe Explorer, you will be supporting the expert staff at NatureServe who maintain and update those pages. NatureServe Explorer is a priceless resource for conservation professionals, researchers, industry partners, government agencies, and citizen scientists alike—please help us provide the best information possible!

Adopt a G5 Species

Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Photo by Brandon Trentler, CC BY 2.0
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). Photo by Matthew Paulson, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Gray Treefrog  (Dryophytes versicolor). Photo by Larry Master, masterimages.org. All rights reserved.
Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea). Photo by Sarah Nichols, CC BY-SA 2.0.

These are the most secure (G5) species in our nation. They are currently at very low risk of extinction or elimination due to an very extensive range, abundant populations or occurrences, and little to no concern from declines or reduced threats. When you adopt a G5 species your name will be recognized on its NatureServe Explorer page for one year.

Minimum donation: $150

Adopt a G4 Species

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia), Photo by Brandon Trentler, CC BY 2.0.
Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris). James Brooks, CC BY 2.0.
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica). Photo by Jill Bazeley, CC BY-NC 2.0.
Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis). Photo by Beth Waterbury, Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

These species are apparently secure (G4), with fairly low risk of extinction due to an extensive range and/or many populations or occurrences, but with possible cause for some concern as a result of local recent declines, threats, or other factors. When you adopt a G4 species you gain recognition on its NatureServe Explorer page for one year with:

  • Your name
  • A sentence about why you chose to sponsor this species

​Minimum donation: $500

Adopt a G3 Species

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). Photo by Casey Weissburg, CC BY-NC 4.0.
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox). Photo by J.N. Stuart, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Southern Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium kentuckiense). Photo by Steve Garvie, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus). Photo by Susanne Miller/USFWS, CC BY 2.0.

G3 species are vulnerable, with moderate risk of extinction due to a fairly restricted range, relatively few populations or occurrences, recent and widespread declines, threats, or other factors.

In addition to all the benefits listed above, when you adopt a G3 species NatureServe will:

  • Give you a shoutout on our social media pages thanking you for your support
  • Update your species' Explorer page with a reader-friendly description

​Minimum donation: $1,000

Adopt a G2 Species

Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens). Photo by Mike Carlo, USFWS. CC BY 2.0.
Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). Photo by Flickr user jehane, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Utah Prairie dog (Cynomys parvidens). Photo by Bernd Thaller, CC BY 2.0.
Hops Azure (Celastrina humulus). Photo by Catherine Cook, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

These are imperiled (G2) species that are at high risk of extinction due to restricted range, few populations or occurrences, steep declines, severe threats, or other factors.

In addition to all the benefits listed above, when you adopt a G2 species NatureServe will:

  • Create and distribute a "Species Spotlight", detailing interesting facts about your species
  • Conduct a detailed review of the content on the species' Explorer page
  • Review the species' conservation rank to deternmine if its status has changed since the last time we reviewed it

​Minimum donation: $2,500

Adopt a G1 Species

Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes). Photo by Kimberly Fraser, USDA. CC BY 2.0.
Pyne's Ground Plum (Astragalus bibullatus). Photo by Ryan Kaldari.
Whooping Crane (Grus americana). Photo by Ryan Hagerty, USFWS. CC BY 2.0.
Vancouver Island Marmot (Marmota vancouverensis). Photo by Province of British Columbia. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

These are the most critically imperiled (G1) species in our nation and are at very high risk of extinction due to very restricted range, very few populations or occurrences, very steep declines, very severe threats, or other factors.

In addition to all the benefits listed above, when you adopt a G1 species you will recieve:

  • A personal email from the NatureServe Network expert on the species
  • A custom illustration of the species

Minimum donation: $5,000