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Biodiversity Profile: Harperella

How is it doing? This wildflower, which looks a bit like a small Queen Anne’s Lace with white flowers and quill-like leaves, is globally imperiled (G2), and critically imperiled (S1) in seven U.S. states. It is listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

NatureServe Heritage Circle

NatureServe’s science ensures that the plants, animals, and places you care about will never be forgotten. By designating NatureServe as a beneficiary in your will, retirement plan, insurance policy, or financial account, you will join a select group of supporters—The NatureServe Heritage Circle—who have committed to sustaining our natural heritage for years to come.

Finding At-Risk Plants and Animals on Forest Lands

Foresters, wood-workers, and landowners sometimes have trouble incorporating at-risk plants and animals into their land management activities because of a lack of data on where these creatures are located.

The Most Important Places to Conserve in the Andes-Amazon

The Eastern Andes and the Western Amazon Basin are recognized as one of the world’s most important areas for biodiversity richness and uniqueness. However, the region’s countries are under pressure to increase access to land and develop natural resources to support economic growth. These impacts increase the urgency of knowing which of the region’s many elements of biodiversity are irreplaceable, and which places in the region are most important to conserve.

Planning for Success: Incorporating Plants, Midwest Habitats, and Connectivity into State Wildlife Plans

"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
                               - Benjamin Franklin

Having a good plan is one of the key factors that determines success or failure. A solid, well-founded plan keeps activities in line with goals, ensures effective use of time and resources, and reduces risks and uncertainties.

How the American Southwest Is Changing

It has been called America’s most iconic landscape. Desert cacti, deep and winding canyon trails, red rock spires and surreal sandstone landscapes define the stunning southwestern U.S.

Along the Path

As a kid, I remember squinting through a magnifying glass at a tiny flower bud on the other side. I was fascinated by the different textures of the plant, and what all of the different veins and petals did. As I grew older, my appreciation for the marvels of nature increased. I eagerly learned about the complexities of how plants, animals, and ecosystems all work together, and I was fortunate to study the emerging field of conservation biology.
I am still fascinated by the world around us, and astounded by what science can teach us.

Biodiversity Profile: Great Lakes Alvar

Land Cover Class: Steppe/Savanna

Status: Endangered

Description: Great Lakes alvar grassland and shrublands occur on expanses of glaciated limestone or dolomite (dolostone) bedrock. Thin soils are spring wet and summer dry, and other characteristic processes support an unusual blend of rock pavement, prairie, savanna, and sub-boreal forest species, many of them rare.

Distribution: Ontario, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois & New York.

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