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Data Collection

We support informed natural resource management by bringing together the best available data.

We bring a big-picture approach to monitoring ecological systems. We deliver large-scale data collection programs to fill knowledge gaps and address high-priority questions. Data partnerships enable us to integrate large datasets and identify and fill data gaps. 

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Trend Monitoring

We contribute to a collective understanding of how species and habitats are changing in response to human activities. 

Working with our partners, we identify key questions for species, habitats, and landscapes and bring together the best available datasets to address critical biodiversity issues. We are always open to adopting new technologies and methods.

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Scientific Analysis

Our scientists and collaborators are dedicated to working at the frontier of biodiversity monitoring.

We use our comprehensive inventory of species, habitat, and human footprint data to develop innovative, practical products that support decision-making on a regional and national scale. Our work is validated through peer review and by an international panel of experts.

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Geospatial Data and Research

We develop innovative methods to map natural and anthropogenic features on the landscape.

We use cutting-edge datasets and technologies to understand the state of human footprint and natural environments around us and how they change over time. 

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We are committed to building networks, creating communities of practice, and developing capacity for environmental monitoring.

We partner with Indigenous communities looking to develop their own monitoring initiatives and build capacity. We work to establish collaborations with others interested in responsible resource management, such as industry, environmental organizations, and all levels of government.

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Applied Research

Our work and data are of value to environmental managers and land-use decision-makers.

Our work goes beyond measuring and reporting on the state of biodiversity. We are passionate about applying what we do to practical management challenges, such as those related to climate change, species at risk, and management of natural resources. 

We pride ourselves on being unbiased and scientifically credible.

We operate at arm’s length from government and industry, providing information that is both objective and unbiased. Our work is validated through a peer-review process, and all data, analyses, and products are made publicly available. We work hard to develop information products to meet the needs of communities and decision-makers to promote responsible resource management and land stewardship, now and into the future.