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USGS launches interactive online biodiversity map

US: US Geological Survey (USGS) has launched BISON (Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation), a web-based resource for finding species in the US and territories. It offers more than 100 million mapped records of nearly every living species nationwide and growing. And the vast majority of the records are specific locations, not just county or state records.

BISON provides an “Area of Interest” search capability in which users can query by drawing the exact boundary around their area of interest, down to and including towns, villages, or even much smaller areas such as parks. For instance, New York City”s Central Park has more than 100,000 “species occurrences” recorded in BISON, with each species noted in detail. Other BISON search options include querying the species by scientific or common name, year range, state, county, basis of record, or provider institution.

Source: USGS