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Data & Tools

The National Biological Information Infrastructure supports projects that produce and make available fundamental information and data on biodiversity in America. NBII projects often have a regional or state-based focus, and make original contributions to the nation's biological record. The NBII also participates in the international exchange of biodiversity information through worldwide partnerships with comparable efforts in other nations. A selection of some of the NBII's own sponsored projects includes:

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) - Butterflies and Moths of North America is a searchable database of verified records in the United States and Mexico including dynamic distribution maps, photographs, species accounts, and species checklists for each county in the United States and each state in Mexico.BAMONA

Biota Information System of New Mexico (BISON-M) - The Biota Information System of New Mexico is a compilation of biological information for both vertebrate and invertebrate species which occur in New Mexico (including all threatened, endangered and sensitive species). BISON-M

Biogeographic Information and Observation System - An interactive mapping system developed to enable the management, visualization, and analysis of biogeographic data collected by from the California Department of Fish and Game and its partners. Visit BIOS

Breeding Bird Atlas Explorer - A searchable database from Breeding Bird Atlases in North America used to assess the status of breeding populations of non-game birds at the state level. Visit the Breeding Bird Atlas Explorer

Density Management and Riparian Buffer Study - A collaborative effort among multiple agencies researching options for young stand management to create and maintain late-successional forest characteristics in western Oregon. Visit the Density Management and Riparian Buffer Study

Discover Life in America (DLIA) and the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park - A collection of checklists, reports, maps, databases, and natural history profiles that describe the biology of the rich landscape of the Great Smoky National Park through an ecological and conservation perspective. Visit DLIA / ATBI

EKey - An electronic key for identifying freshwater fishes in the Mid-Atlantic region searchable by taxonomic classification, dichotomous key, text, or fish shapes. Visit EKey

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Data Access Wizard - A gateway to GIS fisheries-related data; searchable using keywords, themes, geographic extent, and data providers. Visit the Data Access Wizard

Global Biodiversity Information Facility - GBIF is a coordinated international scientific effort to enable users throughout the world to discover and put to use vast quantities of global biodiversity data, thereby advancing scientific research in many disciplines, promoting technological and sustainable development, facilitating the equitable sharing of the benefits of biodiversity, and enhancing the quality of life of members of society. Visit GBIF

Invasive Plant Atlas of New England - IPANE is a Web-accessible database of invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England focusing on early detection of, and rapid response to, new invasions. Visit IPANE

List of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Online Information Systems - Internet-accessible databases and information systems providing species, bibliographic, taxonomic, expertise, distributions, images, and many other information types as they pertain to invasive, exotic, alien, introduced, non-native species, and all other species of world flora and
fauna. Visit IAS

Metadata Clearinghouse - A searchable collection of standardized metadata descriptions of biological data sets and information products based on the NBII's Biological Data Profile and the Federal Geographic Data Committee's (FGDC's) Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata.Visit the NBII Metadata Clearinghouse

Monitoring Protocols Library and Monitoring Locator System - A perpetually evolving database developed by the Natural Resources Monitoring Partnership that provides access to monitoring protocols throughout the United States and Canada. Visit Monitoring Protocols Library

Texas Colonial Waterbirds Interactive Mapping Tool - A mapping application used to view details and trends in the sightings of waterbirds for various bays and counties along the Texas coast in recent years. Visit the Texas Colonial Waterbirds Interactive Tool

WebGIS for the Hawaiian Islands - An application designed to explore biodiversity data through maps for the Hawaiian islands. Visit the WebGIS for Hawaiian Islands

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