Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS)

The Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS), overseen by the California Department of Fish and Game, is an interactive mapping program that integrates GIS, relational database management, and ESRI's ArcIMS technology to manage biogeographic data for the state of California. There is an immense amount of environmental resource data that has been and is being collected by the California Department of Fish and Game, especially in recent years. Collecting more data on biological and environmental resources is important, however it can provide challenges such as where and how to manage, store, and distribute the data. BIOS has been designed to provide help with these challenges, and provide an accessible medium for interested people to access the data.

The BIOS project is part of an overall collaboration between the NBII, California DFG, USGS Western Ecological Research Center, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to provide access to a wide variety of biological observation data and spatial information needed for conservation planning efforts across the state, known as the "Southern California Data Integration project". The California Information Node's role in the partnership is to provide access to non-sensitive data and information to the public.

The BIOS system allows users to visualize the spatial distribution of biological data generated by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and partner organizations. It is an evolving system, and its usefulness may increase further with advances in technology and database management tools.

Much information can be obtained through the various data viewers, including California essential habitat connectivity, the desert renewable energy conservation plan, hydrography information, ecoregion delineations, state parks, game refuges, and more.

To access the Public BIOS Data Viewer, click here.

To access the Public BIOS Habitat Connectivity Viewer, click here.

To access the Public BIOS Renewable Energy Viewer, click here.

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CollapseA Manual of California Vegetation
Description: The following website describes a classification of vegetation developed by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). It is a digital version of the book A Manual of California Vegetation published through the Society.The information in this website encompasses virtually all of the information in the book with the exception of the literature citations.
Resource Type: Manuals
Resource Format: URL
Publisher: California Native Plant Society
ExpandBiodiversity Inventory of Natural Lands: A How-To Manual for Foresters and Biologists (PDF, 40 pp., 699 KB)
ExpandCalifornia Gap Analysis Project: Statewide Datasets
ExpandCalifornia State University, Stanislaus Endangered Species Recovery Program
ExpandCalifornia Vegetation Map Catalog
ExpandCalifornia Weed Mapping Handbook
ExpandFire and Resource Assessment Program
ExpandGlobal Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments - Field Database
ExpandInventory of Rare and Endangered Plants of California
ExpandNapa County Flora
ExpandThe Gap Analysis Program Website/Portal
ExpandThe Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program

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As the state trustee agency for managing diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources as well as the habitats upon which they depend, the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) plays a key role in the development of the biological data and tools needed for effective conservation planning. The Biogeographic Data Branch leads the effort to provide those tools through projects like the Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS), Calfish, and the California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB).

The NBII Program is administered by the Biological Informatics Program of the U.S. Geological Survey
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