Interactive Biodiversity Information System

Northwest Habitat Institute

The Interactive Biodiversity Information System (IBIS) is an informational resource developed by the Northwest Habitat Institute (NWHI) to promote the conservation of Northwest fish, wildlife, and their habitats through education and the distribution of timely, peer-reviewed scientific data.


The IBIS Ecoprovince and Subbasin Data Center provides maps and data related to landscapes and species in thirteen northwest ecoprovinces.

NBII Library of Images from the Environment (LIFE)

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The NBII Library of Images from the Environment is a growing collection of over 11,000 images of diverse, well-documented images of nature and the environment. Topics include animals, fungi and lichens, plants, microorganisms, interactions among species, landscapes , weather, research, environmental topics, and management.

Use the search box below and click "Submit" to start your search.

Animals and Plants of the Pacific Northwest Region

The Pacific Northwest region is home to a diverse range of ecosystems, including lush rainforests, active volcanoes, coastal beaches, high desert, old growth forests, grasslands, and mountains. These ecosystems support a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Protections outlined in the Northwest Forest Plan and other species and habitat plans highlight the conservation need of many species in the Pacific Northwest. Over 500 vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant species have been identified by state wildlife agencies as species of Greatest Conservation Need (GCN) in the region. The Pacific Northwest Species of Greatest Conservation Need interactive application brings together resources from multiple authoritative sources including the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) and NatureServe.

American Kestrel [Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service]Birds
The region is home to diverse populations of year-round and migratory birds.
Bull Trout [Photo: National Park Service]Fishes
Learn about the unique fish species found in freshwater and marine environments in the region.
Monarch Butterflies [Photo: Allen Montgomery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] Invertebrates
Learn more about the invertebrates of the region, including resources for butterflies and moths.
Badger [Photo:National Park Service]Mammals
The Pacific Northwest Region is home to a variety of mammals from the coast to the mountains.
Silky Aster [Photo: Thomas Barnes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] Plants
The region's varied landscapes supports a broad range of plant species.

White-spotted Slimy salamander [Photo: John White, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service]

Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Explore the Species of Greatest Conservation Need (GCN) application for the Pacific Northwest Region.

Regional Species Information
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Western Soundscapes

Western Soundscapes images
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The Western Soundscape Archive is a searchable web-based audio archive with a focus on the natural sounds of the western United States. Housed at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library, the recordings include representative sounds of more than 90% of the West's bird species, all of the region's frogs and toads, and more than 100 different types of mammals and reptiles, as well as ambient soundscapes and interviews.

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Northwest Habitat Institute

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Northwest Habitat Institute

The Northwest Habitat Institute promotes and facilitates the conservation of Pacific Northwest native species and habitats through:

  • Development and dissemination of data-rich and verifiable information, maps, and tools; and
  • Restoration and enhancement of native habitats.
Specific objectives of the Institute include:
  • Developing products and tools that assist landowners and land managers conserve native species and habitats;
  • Developing and implementing inventory and monitoring programs; and
  • Coordinating and facilitating activities (e.g., habitat restoration, land-use planning and management objectives) that promote the conservation and management of our natural resources.

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